All clear given after RV prompts evacuations in downtown Louisville

Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 4:20 PM EST
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – An area of downtown Louisville that was evacuated due to an RV parked in the area has been given the all clear by police.

The RV was parked near the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets, according to MetroSafe. LMPD received a call about a suspicious RV/camper there around 2:30 p.m. Friday. LMPD’s bomb squad and K-9 units were called in to investigate.

Tyler Coyle, his wife and three kids, from Columbia, Missouri, said they rented the RV months ago in preparation for their road trip. They parked it to go to the Kentucky Science Center.

“We came on a trip and parked downtown next to some big buildings,” Coyle said. “I can understand other people’s perspectives on that.”

He said they put the coordinations into Google Maps and it sent them to a parking lot behind the Science Center, which was closed for construction.

“So, we just parked at the meters because it’s New Year’s Day and they are free,” Coyle said. “Didn’t think anything of it. We actually walked by when we were done with the Science Center to go to lunch. And there was no commotion. When we came back from lunch, the streets were closed and we couldn’t get there. But when we told [police] where we were trying to go they became really interested.”

Coyle said officers were very nice and he understands their perspective. He said they let them go after he showed proof of reserving the rental RV and pictures of their time at the Kentucky Science Center.

“I don’t know what else we could have done though,” Coyle said. “It’s just a family trying to go to the Science Center. There’s no other place to park but downtown.”

Police cleared the scene and reopened streets downtown around 4 p.m. on Friday.

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