Several Businesses Evacuated on Gertrude Ave. Due To Potentially Explosive Substance

Charlotte County, FL

July 14, 2021

At approximately 12:30pm, a CCSO Lt. was approached by someone who reported to him of a potentially explosive substance in the trunk of her vehicle.

Charlotte County Fire and EMS responded to the area of Gertrude Ave. in Port Charlotte. Due to an abundance of caution, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was contacted and is en route. Surrounding businesses have been evacuated, to include Sam’s Subs, R&L Market, and Gulf Coast Orthopedic.

We ask the public to avoid the area.

Updates will be released when available.

UPDATE: The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad has identified the item in question as a rifle sight coated with cosmoline, a rust-prevention substance.

There is no threat to the public and the scene will be cleared shortly.

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