Update: The Gate City Police Department said in a post around 9 p.m. that responding officers believed the “suspicious object” was an old cannonball.
Police contacted the Virginia State Police’s (VSP) Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), which said the object “should be scanned to determine what exactly it was,” according to the post.
The EOD determined the object was a rusted metal ball containing gunpowder, the post said. Gate City Police said the object was taken into the EOD’s possession for proper disposal.
GATE CITY, Va. (WJHL) — The Gate City Police Department said on Tuesday evening that the walking paths on the east side of Grogan Park have been closed for the remainder of the day due to “a suspicious object that was reported.”
According to a post by the department, the walking paths were shut down out of an abundance of caution while Virginia State Police travel to the area to “take control of the object.”
No further details were provided regarding the nature of the “suspicious object” reported.
This is a developing story and updates will be provided as they become available.