Las Vegas police on Tuesday investigated a “suspicious item” near the Sawyer building in downtown Las Vegas.
The article was reported on the 500 block on East Washington Avenue near Las Vegas Boulevard, the Metropolitan Police Department said. People of the area attended a ceremony at the Nevada State Veterans Memorial to honor the victims of September 11 with a nationwide tour ahead of the 20th anniversary of the attacks.
The area was initially evacuated, but at around 1pm, police spokesman Misael Parra said the “situation is safe”. Shortly afterwards the streets were reopened.
It remained unclear what the item was, but police said it had been classified as safe by the Las Vegas Fire Department. The investigation is still ongoing, the police said.
Rep. Steven Horsford announced on Twitter around 12:45 p.m. that his staff were in the State Office building.
“I am grateful for the speedy work of the law enforcement agencies in evacuating the building and the surrounding area,” he said.
I’m closely monitoring the situation in the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, where a suspicious package was found at a 9/11 memorial service. My staff are on site and I am grateful for the speedy work of the law enforcement agencies in evacuating the building and the surrounding area.
– Rep. Steven Horsford (@RepHorsford) March 23, 2021
The memorial service included an “honor walk” at the memorial, which should begin at 11 o’clock. It contained a 3D replica model of the former World Trade Center complex to commemorate the anniversary.
The tour began in late January and will run in various cities through September 12, according to a press release from Honor365, an experienced nonprofit that helped organize the tour. The replica was given to Honor365 by DaanVan Der Steijn, its creator from the Netherlands.
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