McCook Airport Reopened After Suspicious Package Found


Authorities in McCook responded to a report of a suspicious package at the McCook Ben Nelson Regional Airport Thursday.

At approximately 9:35 a.m., the McCook Police Department received information of a suspicious package observed at the outside wall of the fire station at the airport.

With abundance of caution, the McCook Police Department and the McCook Fire Department responded. The immediate area at the airport and surrounding area was evacuated and a perimeter was established around the area to protect the public from danger.

A Nebraska State Patrol Explosive Technician was called in to render the package safe in accordance with their protocol. The device was rendered safe around 1:45 p.m. Police say the item turned out to be a plastic container with two wires protruding from the lid, with a live shotgun shell and metal objects inside.

Police say a person of interest has been identified, but as of Friday morning no arrests have been reported.

The airport was closed to air traffic during the investigation. It reopened around 2:30 p.m.