|Updated: 8/14/2010 1:28 am
||Published: 8/13/2010 3:16 pm
TULSA, OK -- After three anxious hours, worried a bomb would go off inside Tulsa’s only abortion clinic, the intersection of 32nd Place and Norwood calmed down around 5:00 p.m. Friday. A worker at Reproductive Services called in the suspicious package to police, saying she heard a ticking sound coming from her trash can.
“The bomb squad went inside, got a hold of the suspicious package, (and it) turned out not to be anything so we're glad for that,” Tulsa Police Department Officer Leland Ashley said.
Still, Those who live and work near the Reproductive Services clinic said they've never seen a situation quite like this.
“Not like this, they have protests sometimes, and every year a there’s a prayer vigil that happens for 40 days and 40 nights,” Debi Young, Owner of A-OK Bail Bonds across the street from the clinic, said.
Evacuated clinic employees waited and watched nearby, while a TPD robot was sent into the clinic to dismantle the package. Young said the clinic's all-female staff was shook up.
“Very much, very much. They were very scared.”
As this is an ongoing investigation, police aren't revealing what was in the suspicious box found in the clinic.
It may have been something innocently thrown away or, it may have been left there to send a frightening message.
“I hope they're prosecuted they took up a lot of people's time, they inconvenienced a lot of people, and I hope they're prosecuted,” Young told FOX23.
TPD said that is something that could happen, “It's an ongoing investigation. If there's something down the line that someone did this intentionally maliciously, there's a possibility of charges,” Officer Ashley said.
TPD wants anyone with information should contact them immediately.