SLCPD Hazardous Devices Unit Responds to Discovery of ‘Military-Grade Device’

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Members of the SLCPD’s Hazardous Devices Unit respond to the discovery of a “military-grade device” at a local storage unit, Friday, July 22, 2022. Photo: Gephardt Daily/SLCPD

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 22, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — Police called the bomb unit out of caution Friday to remove a military-grade device found in a storage unit.

Salt Lake City police responded just before 11 a.m. to the report of the item a woman found in her recently purchased storage unit near 700 North Warm Springs Road, according to a department news release.

Officers secured and cordoned off the area. The incident commander on scene then requested the assistance of the Hazardous Devices Unit (HDU) of the SLCPD.

HDU team detectives took the object safely from their possession for further investigation. It has been described as a military-grade inert training device.

“As a reminder, if you see anything that looks suspicious, do not touch or pick up the item,” advises the SLCPD. “Call 911 and follow the dispatcher’s instructions.”

The SLCPD’s Hazardous Devices Unit was seen in response to the discovery of a “military-grade device” inside a local storage unit. Photo: Gephardt Daily/SLCPD

The department’s HDU is a member of the Utah Bomb Response Task Force and is accredited by the FBI, according to the statement. In addition to department members, the unit is supported by FBI-certified bomb technicians from the SLCPD’s Airport Division and the University of Utah Police Department.

Team members are highly experienced in actual incidents and have extensive training in ‘make safe’ procedures, explosive destruction, blast mitigation and post-blast investigations.

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