Here’s a news item from today’s Idaho Statesman that sheds some light on yesterday’s temporary lockdown of the state parking garage just as lawmakers were trying to leave for lunch:
A package delivered to an Idaho legislator caused a bomb scare at the state office mailroom Wednesday. The mailroom, a parking garage and nearby offices were evacuated while police investigated. Police were alerted to the suspicious package at about 10:55 a.m. in the mailroom under the state parking garage. The Boise Bomb Squad was dispatched to assist Idaho State Police, according to ISP spokesman Rick Ohnsman. Ohnsman said that an X-rayed appeared to show an aerosol can with curly wires coming out of it and a circuit board. When police contacted State Sen. Gary J. Schroeder, R-Moscow, he told them he was expecting a package. He described the contents, which matched what police saw on the X-ray. Ohnsman wasn't sure what the package contained, but he said it sounded like it could have been hair-care products.