Suspicious package found outside Baton Rouge church previously targeted by arsonist

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Courtesy: Baton Rouge Fire Department

Baton Rouge police detonated a ‘suspicious package’ at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, late Monday night, after a security guard found the package in the parking lot near the kitchen of the Casual Worship Center.

A BRPD spokesperson says the package was determined to be a hoax.

In early April, an arsonist set fire to the church property twice in one week. An arrest has not been made in that investigation.

Broadmoor Pastor Donnie Wilkinson posted the following to the church’s social media about Monday’s suspicious package:

“We are grateful for the quick and professional response of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the brave members of the bomb squad.   While this turn of events is disturbing, we remember and find strength in the words of Psalm 27:1-3.  The Lord is my light and my salvation;whom shall I fear?The Lord is the stronghold of my life;of whom shall I be afraid?When evildoers assail meto devour my flesh—  and my adversaries and foes—they shall stumble and fall.Though an army encamp against me,my heart shall not fear;though war rise up against me,yet I will be confident. As disciples of Jesus we also remember and follow his example by praying for the person(s) responsible for this heinous act with the words he prayed as he was being crucified, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

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