Houston’s bomb squad exploded a package outside of Houston’s City Hall on Monday.
City Hall, at 901 Bagby St., was evacuated Monday after a suspicious package was found about 7:15 a.m.
Houston police said an object was wrapped in duct tape and had wires sticking out. It was inside a duffel bag, investigators said.
The bomb squad detonated the item shortly before 8:30 a.m., just as a KPRC Local 2 reporter was told to move back. An explosion was heard and debris was seen flying into the air.
Several dozen people were standing outside City Hall. Mayor Annise Parker had not yet arrived at City Hall when the package was found.
Officials said Bagby, Walker and McKinney streets in the area were closed to traffic.
Updated: The streets have now been opened up at Bagby and McKinney and workers are being allowed back into City Hall.