Suspicious Package Shuts Tampa Cruise Terminal

Apr 18, 2013

Hillsborough Sheriff's K-9 units check out a suspicious package at Terminal 3 at the Port of Tampa.
Credit WTSP-TV

The suspicious package that prompted the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to shut down Terminal 3 at the Port of Tampa turned out to be nothing more than a package of liquor.

Sheriff's officials say that during a routine cargo screening shortly after 9 a.m. today, a specially trained K-9 alerted to an item on the Terminal 3 dock near a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. A second K-9 was brought in and also alerted to the same item.

Bomb technicians from both the sheriff's office and Tampa Police Department were called to evaluate the item, while Terminal 3 was evacuated along with ship staff in the areas adjacent to the dock.

Law enforcement also shut down Channelside Boulevard from Kennedy to Cumberland.