Holiday Inn Express in Vero Beach evacuated due to suspicious device which turned out to be a hoax

A suspicious device that caused anxious moments at an Indian River County motel turned out to be a hoax, according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

The device, with protruding wires, was found near a vending machine at the Holiday Inn Express at 9400 19th Lane in Vero Beach.

It was cylindrical and wrapped in electrical tape and contained a putty substance.

According to the sheriff's office, the device was surrounded by sandbags and a controlled detonation took place at approximately 1:00 p.m.

Investigators say after examining the remnants they determined the device was not a bomb.

The hotel had been evacuated as a precaution and traffic on 19th Lane was diverted. 

According to the sheriff's office, planting a hoax bomb is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Anyone with information should contact detective Charlie Clark at 772-978-6188. Or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477.

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