New Castle plaza evacuated due to bomb scare |

New Castle plaza evacuated due to bomb scare

Donna Gray

Businesses were evacuated at Burning Mountain Plaza Friday morning due to a bomb scare.

New Castle police responded at about 11:45 a.m. to a call from a postal carrier who discovered an unmarked plastic box in a mailbox outside City Market. The box measured 3-by-4-by-6 inches and had a metal band around it.

“It just looked suspicious,” said New Castle Police Captain Dennis Mahan. “I think it did not have a forwarding or return address.”

The police also called in the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District, and was also assisted by Silt police and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.

Burning Mountain Plaza, including City Market, New Castle SuperBowl and Alpine Bank, was evacuated at approximately 12:30 p.m., Mahan said.

“We’re now waiting for the Grand Junction bomb squad to respond,” Mahan said. He expected the squad to arrive around 2:45 p.m.

“People are asking if it’s safe to have their kids come home on the bus and it is safe. Everywhere else in town is safe,” Mahan said.

Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510 or at

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