Lexington Police: no explosives found in rv parked downtown that caused evacuations

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UPDATE 12/31/20 10:30 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Lexington Police say no explosives were found in a rv parked downtown that led to evacuations downtown during New Year’s eve celebrations Thursday night.

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Police say around 7:40 p.m. Thursday, an officer noticed a RV parked downtown near Belle’s Cocktail House.

The RV sparked some suspicion because it’s what was used in a Nashville, Tennessee Christmas bombing just a week ago.

Lexington Police say an explosives detection canine was brought to the rv and it “alerted” to the vehicle.

Officers evacuated people and the department’s Hazardous Devices Unit responded.

Officers say they got in touch with the RV’s driver and no explosives were found.

Police cleared the scene around 10:15 p.m.


ORIGINAL STORY 12/31/20 8:30 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Lexington Police are asking people to avoid part of downtown on New Year’s eve night and not because of celebrations.

Police say they’re “working an incident” near Short Street and Market Street.

According to Lexington Traffic Management, most intersecting downtown streets seem to be closed.

ABC 36 has a crew downtown and will provide updates as they come in.

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Veronica Jean Seltzer joins ABC 36 as Anchor/Reporter. On most weekdays, you will see her reporting the news. VJ hails from a small horse farm outside New York City and most recently comes from South Bend, Indiana where she reported for the CBS and Fox affiliates. VJ holds a Master of Science in Journalism degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University. Her passion for journalism runs deep. It began as she studied graffiti as an ancient form of communication in Athens, Greece. While a student journalist in Morocco, she learned her most important journalistic lesson: good stories are about people. VJ loves life in and around Lexington. She feels most at home among horses and a diverse community of fascinating people. She enjoys reporting during the week and on the weekend she strives to bring her neighbors the news that matters most to them. VJ enjoys going to neighborhood events, exploring, horseback riding, skiing, sailing, and good movies. Look for her out and about in the community! VJ invites you to reach out to her with story ideas or just to say hello! Find her on Facebook at Veronica Jean Seltzer ABC 36, tweet her @VJS_ABC36, or email her at VSeltzer@wtvq.com. She looks forward to hearing from you!