Bomb squad called to downtown hotel for suspicious vehicle

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The bomb squad was called out for a suspicious vehicle at 14th and Welton. (Photo: Larry Bases, Northern News Net)

DENVER — The Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown was reportedly fully evacuated due to the bomb squad investigating a suspicious vehicle late Friday night, according to Denver Police.

Around 9:30 p.m., valet workers notified off-duty officers of a suspicious vehicle parked near the hotel and the Denver Convention Center and those officers determined that the bomb squad unit needed to be called out.

The bomb squad responded to 14th and Welton around 10:40 p.m. and determined that there was a credible threat, according to Denver Police.

At that point, all 1,100 guest rooms were evacuated and the guests transported to the Denver Center for Performing Arts while police investigated.

Officers blocked off a number of streets downtown during the investigation, which continued through the night into Saturday morning.

A small explosion was heard just before 5 a.m. Saturday. A spokesperson for Denver Police said crews used what they called a “disruptor’ to safely dispose of a device spotted inside the vehicle.

Denver police are not saying exactly what the device was.

The suspicious vehicle was cleared and hotel guests were allowed back inside around 5:15 a.m. according to a tweet from Denver Police.

Police spoke to two parties of interest but there were no arrests made as of 11:40 a.m.

The investigation is still ongoing.