Salt Lake businesses evacuated during bomb scare

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SALT LAKE COUNTY -- Several Salt Lake County businesses were evacuated Saturday after reports of a possible explosive device in the area. The object turned out to be harmless.

According to Lt. Don Hutson with the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, employees at the Subway sandwich restaurant at 6181 S. Highland Drive discovered a red bag with cables coming out of it just before 6 p.m. The device was making a ticking and humming sound, so they called police.

Teams evacuated about 100 people from the strip mall and several nearby businesses.

Deputies worked with a bomb squad to X-ray the bag. They determined the bag and cables were actually equipment used to locate gas lines, likely left behind by a crew.

Hutson said the sheriff's office took the bag and is trying to locate the owner.

Questar said the equipment did not belong to one of its technicians.

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