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UPDATE: Suspicious Object Ends Without Incident

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) A suspicious object on the Northeast side of Cedar Rapids caused an evacuation at Kohls and nearby stores along Collins Road. Police say all 20 employees as well as several shoppers safely got out of the building when it was spotted outside the stores entrance.

It all started at about five oclock Thursday afternoon.

"I had just gotten here and I pulled up and there was police tape around the parking lot at Kohls and there was a whole bunch of police cars and when i went into work then this bomb squad car pulled up and there were people running everywhere, said witness Mackenzie Dahl.

Thats when police evacuated the store.

This is standard procedure and done as a safety precaution until the object can be identified and the police department can determine it is not a hazardous material or object for the employees and patrons of that business, said Cedar Rapids Public Safety Officer Greg Buelow.

That process took nearly two and a half hours with the bomb squad approaching the object with a robot and an officer in a bomb suit. After finding elements that were suspicious in those early searches, they moved the object to the middle of the parking lot where they could neutralize any threat.

Two small explosions later, the threat was gone. Police will need to investigate whats left of the object before they know more.

 
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