Agencies respond to suspicious device on Capitol grounds Friday morning

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Highway Patrol Capitol Police, Topeka Police Department Bomb Squad, and multiple other agencies are on the Capitol grounds this morning as a suspicious device is investigated.

Earlier this morning, a man entered the Topeka Police Department to tell them someone had left a barrel with a hazardous material label on it, somewhere near the Capitol. He did not believe there were explosives in it.

Capitol police officers were able to locate the barrel on the southwest side of the statehouse grounds, near a statue. The bomb squad has responded and is investigating the item.

There are street closures at this time, and they will remain closed until authorities are finished at the scene. Street closures include: Harrison Street, closed from Eighth to 10th streets, and 10th Street, closed from Harrison to Jackson streets.

It is not believed there is any threat to the public at this time.

Information thanks to KHP.

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