Suspicious package found at Fort Worth church

| July 11, 2010

FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth bomb squad was called to an eastside church Sunday morning after a suspicious device was discovered.

A worker opening the Mount Moriah Baptist Church found the package near the front door. He described it as several electronic devices — including a camera and a clock — connected with wires and some canisters.

Church members arriving for Sunday services were turned away as the bomb squad's robot disassembled the device and found it to be harmless.

Fire department investigators said it may have simply been a collection of forgotten tools.

"The way it was constructed, it could potentially have been intended to be a hoax, but there's no way to tell for sure," said Capt. Kam Moore of the city's Arson and Bomb Unit.

But Mount Moriah Pastor Patrick Turner feels that what happened was certainly no accident. No one saw the package when the church was locked up Saturday night.

"We've been very positive here in the neighborhod," he said. "I can't imagine why anyone would do it. We're certainly not going to be scared off, if you will; nor are we going to be intimidated."

In any event, investigators said the package was not dangerous. Their focus now is figuring out whether it was all a harmless mistake or a deliberate attempt to intimidate.

"It just makes us more determined to do what we've been called here to do," Turner said.

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