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Police investigate suspicious object, found to be mechanical part 

Released on Thursday, September 9, 2021
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  • Public Information Officer, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-818-8950,, Website:

An investigation into a suspicious object ended safely when the device was found to be an airplane gyroscope.

On September 9, 2021 around 7:20 a.m., Fort Collins 911 received a call about a suspicious item. The caller said an object that resembled a pressure cooker was sitting in the road at West Mountain Avenue and Lyons Street.

Responding officers located the device, and out of an abundance of caution, requested the assistance of the Northern Colorado Bomb Squad. Poudre Fire Authority also responded to support the investigation. Bomb technicians thoroughly assessed the object and concluded that it did not pose a safety threat. They removed it from the scene, and upon further inspection, determined that it was a mechanical airplane part known as a gyroscope (see photo).

“We always tell people that if they see something, say something,” said FCPS Assistant Chief John Feyen. “I want to commend the resident who did exactly that today. I’m grateful this object ended up being harmless, but that wasn’t immediately obvious. We are safer as a community when everyone remains actively aware of their surroundings and reports concerns.”

Residents in the homes surrounding the device were notified and given the option to shelter in place or voluntarily evacuate while the investigation took place.

Police have not yet determined how the gyroscope came to rest in the road; however, due to its condition, they do not believe it fell from an airplane. Anyone with information, or who may have lost this item, is asked to contact Officer Jess Reed at 970-221-6555.

The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad includes technicians from several Larimer County law enforcement agencies, including Fort Collins Police Services. Technicians are FBI certified and receive ongoing training to support the professional evaluation and safe disposal of potentially hazardous and explosive devices.