MPD: Possible ‘explosive device’ thrown on roof turns out to be red ball

Mpd Explosive Investigation

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Police Department has reopened several roads on the near west side after investigating reports of a possible explosive device which turned out to just be a red ball.

Tuesday afternoon, MPD tweeted asking people to avoid Regent St. near S. Brooks and S. Mills streets due to an “active investigation.”

A witness reported seeing a person who threw a small red package on top of SSM Health Davis Duehr Dean Eye Care on Regent Street at around noon. MPD spokesman Tyler Grigg said the person who threw the item told the witness it was a “highly explosive device” and left the area.

People inside the eye care center had evacuated, with some in the middle of medical procedures. Police said Madison Metro provided buses to keep those who were temporarily displaced warm.

Officers were able to clear the scene around 1 p.m. after the Dane County Bomb Squad found the object on the roof and confirmed it was not an explosive, but rather a red ball.