All Clear: Suspicious package found outside federal power agency in Loveland turns out be phonebooks

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - The Larimer County bomb squad declares all clear after a suspicious package found at the gates of a federal power agency in Loveland turned out to be a delivery of phonebooks.

Larimer County Sheriff's spokesman Jennifer Hillmann said the suspicious package drew attention because the bag of phonebooks was left at the gate of a major federal government electrical power provider, the Western Area Power Administration, known as WAPA. The facility is located at 5555 E. Crossroads Blvd. near Interstate 25.

Power transmission lines, along with fuel and gas pipelines, have long been considered potential terrorist targets.

WAPA, which is under the Department of Energy, sells and transmits hydroelectric power over 17,100 miles of transmission lines to a 15-state market that stretches from Minnesota to California and North Dakota to Texas.  WAPA's corporate services headquarters is in Lakewood.

As a precaution, officials initially evacuating the immediate area, a viewer told 7NEWS. The sheriff's office tweeted that roads in the area were also closed.