On the morning of Thursday, March 29, 2012 at approximately 7:13 a.m. the Storm Lake Public Safety Department (police & fire) responded to the intersection of Lake Avenue and Railroad Street in reference to a suspicious package.
The reporting party advised they saw a briefcase lying in the street near the intersection of Lake Avenue and Railroad Street. The brown briefcase had no identifiable markings and was partially wrapped with duct tape. The reporting party moved the item to the side of the street and notified the communications.
Storm Lake Police responded to the location and made a cursory examination of the package at which time they shut down traffic in the area and cordoned off a four block area until it could be determined what the suspicious case was or who owned it.
Storm Lake Fire Department responded to the scene and assisted in controlling the security perimeter and evacuating people from local businesses.
The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office responded, bomb technicians out of Carroll and Spencer and additional technical equipment out of Des Moines was prepped for response. The Street Department responded with barricades to close the downtown streets. Buena Vista County Deputies responded to assist with scene security and Buena Vista County Paramedics responded and stood by at the scene.
As law enforcement investigated the incident, they received information that the brief case may have fallen off a truck belonging to the CNN Railroad. Railroad personnel responded to the scene and identified the case. At 9:07 a.m. the scene was declared safe and all streets were opened.