Memorial reopened after brief investigation

At approximately 10:30 a.m. the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and the Ventura Country Fire Department were called to respond to a suspicious package found on the sidewalk between Luther Ave. and Ullman Commons.

According to Ryan Van Ommeren, associate vice president of Facilities, Operation and Planning, the package was a 4-inch diameter liquid-filled pvc pipe, approximately 4 feet long, and sealed on each end.

Van Ommeren said a facilities staff member saw the package, thought it looked suspicious and took action.
“We called the sheriff’s department, the sheriff’s department enacted their bomb protocol,” Van Ommeren said.

According to David Hilke, director of Campus Safety, the sheriff performed an x-ray of the package on site.

“[The sheriff] has a device that shoots the x-rays through the tube onto the x-ray plates. Then they have to let it sit for a little bit. Next, they load it back into the truck and drive the x-rays back to Camarillo where their lab is,” Van Ommeren said.

Van Ommeren said the results from the lab concluded the package was nothing to worry about.
By 1:22 p.m. the Ventura County Sheriff had cleared the area and reopened Luther Ave and Memorial Parkway.


Brook Straeter

News Editor

Published October 10th, 2015