Device that prompted evacuation in Killeen was not explosive

KILLEEN, Texas (KCEN/KXAN) – A Killeen neighborhood was evacuated due to reports of an IED on a truck, according to KXAN sister station KCEN in the Waco area.

The Killeen Police Department confirmed the suspicious device at 8th and Hoover was an IED, which had wires hanging out.

A neighbor spotted the device, telling KXAN’s Chris Sadeghi that he found it on the hood of a truck. The man said it was made from two pipes and looked strange, so he called police.

The Fort Hood bomb squad responded, and a bomb robot could be seen in the middle of the neighborhood street — putting something in a box. The robot wheeled off, leaving a black bucket sitting in the street and a member of the bomb squad apparently wiring it with something.

An officer then told reporters and others in the area to “bunker down behind a car or something.”

About 1 p.m., a loud bang could be heard.

The Fort Hood bomb squad determined the device was not explosive.

Several blocks are barricaded as troopers and police respond to the IED threat (Chris Sadeghi/KXAN)
Several blocks are barricaded as troopers and police respond to the IED threat (Chris Sadeghi/KXAN)

A several block radius was evacuated, and residents were moved to the community center.

Killeen police have evacuated a neighborhood after an IED was found attached to a truck. (Killeen Police Dept.)
Killeen police have evacuated a neighborhood after an IED was found attached to a truck. (Killeen Police Dept.)

This incident was unrelated to the shooting at Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon, where a gunman shot and killed three people and hurt 16 others before turning the gun on himself.

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