Holiday World evacuated after suspicious backpack found

Posted Friday, July 1, 2016 9:47 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Holiday World and Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana, will open at its normal scheduled time Friday after the amusement park was evacuated Thursday because of a suspicious backpack. Indiana State Police's bomb squad was called to the scene before 9 p.m to reports of a suspicious unattended backpack, officials said on social media. The scene was cleared in about an hour.

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Friday, July 1, 2016 12:31 PM

I bet security theater would have stopped it from being suspicious when it was brought in the park...

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Friday, July 1, 2016 12:38 PM

I think HW does screen bags at the entrance.

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Friday, July 1, 2016 12:49 PM

Which makes it even crazier, because they should have figured that if the bag went through the checks at the gate, it wasn't anything serious. Unless, of course, they don't trust their bag checks at the gate..

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Friday, July 1, 2016 3:40 PM

Well, the place isn't exactly as tight as Fort Knox...

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Friday, July 1, 2016 5:12 PM

You're right, because if it were, there would be complaints that it was cutting in to people's ride times.

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Friday, July 1, 2016 5:21 PM

Raven-Phile said:

Which makes it even crazier, because they should have figured that if the bag went through the checks at the gate, it wasn't anything serious. Unless, of course, they don't trust their bag checks at the gate..

Or there are entrances where bags aren't searched, like those for employees.

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