Suspicious package at Union Station turns out to be empty cooler

Kansas City police evacuated Union Station and blocked surrounding streets Tuesday morning while they investigated a suspicious package that turned out to be harmless.

Security officers called police after they found the package about 7:30 a.m. just outside the front doors on the north side of the historic landmark.

Police responded with bomb and arson investigators and bomb-sniffing dogs to inspect the package and parking lot. Police used a robot to “disrupt,” or blow up, the package at the scene. It turned out to be an empty Styrofoam cooler inside a cardboard box, said police Capt. Tye Grant, a department spokesman. Police reopened the streets and left the scene about 10 a.m.

Christine Vendel, cvendel@kcstar.com.