Suspicious device found on capital grounds in Topeka

A Kansas Highway Patrol Capital Police vehicle sits outside the state capital near where a suspicious device was found on the capital grounds. (Photo courtesy KSNT)

TOPEKA, (KSNW) – Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a suspicious device found on the ground of the Kansas capitol building in Topeka Friday morning.

The Kansas Highway Patrol, which is in charge of security at the capital, said a man walked into the Topeka Police Department offices early Friday to tell them someone had left a barrel with a hazardous material label on it on the capital ground.

KHP Capitol Police Officer Patrick Saleh said the man reported he did not believe the barrel contained explosives. Officers located the barrel on the southwest side of the statehouse grounds near a statue. The Topeka PD bomb squad responded to the call.

Harrison Street from 8th to 10th streets was closed as was 10th street from Harrison to Jackson.

The scene was cleared shortly before 11 a.m.

No one was hurt in the incident.