At least one member of the Dayton Bomb Squad was seen getting into a bomb suit before entering and leaving City Hall. At one point the crews put an item inside a Bomb Squad truck. A bomb robot was also at the scene.
City employees working inside City Hall were moved to the back parts of the building during the investigation.
Investigators are trying to identify who left the backpack at City Hall and to determine if there was any criminal intent, Afzal said.
The police chief said it’s entirely possible there was no criminal motive, but if there was, the person responsible could face charges of inducing panic or something similar.
“We’re always thankful anybody who sees something to call it in because you never know,” Afzal said.
Afzal said the bomb squad finished in about two hours, at which point streets were reopened in the area.