Police investigate RV left with engine running outside of federal building

Updated: Dec. 25, 2020 at 6:01 PM EST
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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Police shut down streets Christmas night to investigating an RV that was left with the engine running outside the federal building.

The call to Cincinnati police came hours after an RV in Nashville exploded. Even though the RV in Cincinnati would turn out to be a false alarm, police took it seriously.

Officers could be seen holding rifles and using the corners of buildings for cover downtown at the corner of 6th and Sycamore, close to where the suspicious RV sat.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and explosives were also on the scene. The Cincinnati Fire Department deployed their hazardous devices.

The Cincinnati Bomb Squad and several other agencies are on the scene.

After formulating a plan, law enforcement made its way down the street towards the RV and shine flashlights on the outside. All of that was before they found the owner.

“We did finally get the owner’s cell phone information,” CPD Sgt. Hodges. “He was a block down the street actually. We unlocked the vehicle, still ran the bomb dog through it and everything is clear.”

The RV was parked in a public lot across from the Federal building. Originally, law enforcement thought the RV had been left running for more than 24 hours in that location, but it turned out the noise was from a generator that keeps inside warm.

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