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Utah Jazz arena evacuated minutes after game over suspicious shoebox

Vivant Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City was evacuated Friday night after a suspicious shoebox was found underneath a table in an arena restaurant, according to reports.

The discovery came just minutes after the Utah Jazz defeated the Golden State Warriors 113-109 in an NBA game.

Players still in uniform left the building with the crowd, without even going to their locker rooms. Most of the spectators had already exited before the evacuation started.

“We don’t know if it’s anything explosive. So far what we have is just a suspicious package,” Salt Lake City Police Department Lt. Carlos Valencia told reporters after the evacuation. “Public safety is paramount to us and we take these complaints very seriously.”

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Westlake Legal Group AP19327206444816 Utah Jazz arena evacuated minutes after game over suspicious shoebox fox-news/us/us-regions/west/utah fox-news/sports/nba/utah-jazz fox-news/sports/nba/golden-state-warriors fox-news/sports/nba fox news fnc/sports fnc Brie Stimson article 75ed9b38-d3db-5f89-8fac-cac06e90c40a

People leave Vivint Smart Home Arena after the Utah Jazz’s home arena was evacuated because of a suspicious package following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (Associated Press)

A police bomb squad was called in after a bomb-sniffing dog reacted to the shoebox, Valencia said.

Salt Lake City police said the package turned out to be a toolbox and the teams were allowed to return to the building about two hours later, the Jazz said.

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No injuries were reported.

Separately, about 25 minutes after the evacuation, three people were wounded in a drive-by shooting outside a concert venue called The Complex just two blocks away, The Salt Lake City Tribune reported. Valencia said one of the victims was shot in the chest but was expected to survive. No arrests were reported as of early Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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