Suspicious package shuts down University Drive


The Fort Worth Police and Fire Departments closed University Drive from 11:15 a.m. until around 12:30 p.m. to investigate a suspicious package found outside of Reed Hall.

The Fort Worth Fire Department Bomb Squad identified the package as an ammunition can and declared the package was not a threat.

“The fire department was notified that a suspicious package was found on the TCU campus,” said Timothy Hardeman, public information officer for the Fort Worth Fire Department. “We responded with our bomb squad.”

Hardeman said the investigation went smoothly.

TCU Police Chief Steven McGee said TCU police kept students out of the area for precautionary measures. The area outside Reed Hall was roped off with caution tape to prevent students from walking through.

“We kept everybody out of harm’s way until we could determine exactly that it was just a letterbox,” McGee said. “We don’t just want to assume.”

McGee said he suspected the package was for the popular hobby letterboxing and TCU police will continue to investigate.

“It wasn’t good thinking on whoever did it,” McGee said.” It caused alarm. Even if its just being careless, criminal charges could be filed. Obviously we want to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.”

Maddy Brown and Kramer Babilla contributed to this article.