Suspicious Package Blown Up, Turns Out To Be iPad Sent To Relative From Prison Inmate

Situation Prompted Evaucations As A Precaution

SPRINGDALE (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Police Bomb Squad was sent to investigate a suspicious package in Springdale on Thursday afternoon.

It all started just before 4 p.m. Homes in the 200 block of Center Street were evacuated as a safety precaution and part of the road was closed off for several hours.

springdale bomb squad Suspicious Package Blown Up, Turns Out To Be iPad Sent To Relative From Prison Inmate

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The suspicious package was reportedly delivered to a home on the street. The homeowner became concerned because of the small, square package he had received in the mail.

When authorities arrived on scene, a bomb squad robot was sent to check out the package.

“I got the package from UPS. I took it into the house. It said it was from the town of Albion. I got a family member who lives up there, so I thought it was from them,” homeowner Tom Mongol said. “I opened it up, and it looked like a glass case or a glass box with a bunch of wiring all through it and some gadgets connected to it and stuff. And it didn’t look right, so I threw it out on the back porch and I called the police.”

The suspicious package turned out to be harmless, a small iPad, which a bomb squad technician detonated nearby in a high school football field.

Mangol said the package was sent to him by a relative who’s now locked up in a state prison outside Erie.

He told KDKA-TV’s Ralph Iannotti, “According to the ATF guys, it is an iPad from a state prison. It has to be clear and everything so they know they’re not smuggling anything in or out.”

Mangol went on to say he gets a letter from his relative about once a month.

“We never got any letter saying he was sending it, nothing. It was like, it was a shock to us,” he said.

Residents were allowed back into their homes around 6 p.m.

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