St. Louis City Hall evacuated after suspicious items discovered at entrances

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)- Police are investigating a bomb threat reported Tuesday morning at St. Louis City Hall.  Three suspicious containers were found at separate entrances around 7:00a.m. Two of the items were metal cylinders one was a bag.  All staff members were evacuated as a precaution.

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officials say all three of the suspicious devices have been secured. City of St Louis Fire Chief  Dennis Jenkerson confirms one cylinder is a CO2 tank. It has been rendered safe.

Officers are working to ensure that the area around City Hall cleared of any foreign objects. The situation is being handled with an abundance of caution by city's Bomb Squad, Canine Unit and Fire Department.  Four blocks surrounding City Hall were closed as investigators worked on clearing the area.

According to Mayor Slay's Director of Communications Maggie Crane, cameras inside and outside of City Hall are being reviewed.  St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson says they are in the process of determining the contents of the bag. They are also scanning the building for more devices. Once secured, the building will re-open.

St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson says that they are operating in the light of the anniversaries of the Boston Marathon Bombing,  Waco and the explosion at the federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.

New and re-elected members of the Board of Aldermen were scheduled to be sworn in at 10a.m. Since it was unclear when or if City Hall will re-open, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed gathered with other city leaders and held the ceremony outside in the park, across the street.