A security officer at a mid-city bank located at Canal and North Jefferson Davis Parkway found the first of eight bombs left in a truck in the parking lot at Whitney Bank, according to a news source earlier today (Feb. 25).
The security officer had been informed that the truck had been sitting in the same spot since last Friday, which prompted the investigation. After the first bomb was discovered the New Orleans Police Department's Bomb Squad was called to the scene. The bomb squad found seven more bombs inside the truck.
The bombs were considered to be active and could have exploded at any time. The case has now been turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for further investigation.
Several blocks surrounding the bank were closed, as well as the intersection of Canal and North Jefferson Davis Parkway for approximately four hours after the discovery of the bombs. All eight of the bombs were successfully removed from the truck and put into a bomb pod.
The owner of the truck has been identified at this time, but has not been located. The party responsible for placing the bombs could be facing federal charges.