OKLAHOMA CITY (April 17, 2013)--Oklahoma City police ordered the evacuation of City Hall and nearby buildings Wednesday after a stolen U-Haul truck was discovered outside the building, two days before the anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
A search showed the truck was empty, authorities later said.
Police Capt. Dexter Nelson said a five- to six-block area was cordoned off Wednesday while the city's fire department and bomb squad investigated the truck.
Nelson says the evacuations were ordered as a precaution and that there was no evidence that suggested there might be a bomb in the truck.
Nelson said Oklahoma has always been a "hyper-vigilant" state after the Oklahoma City bombing, and that Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon give even more reason for caution.
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated explosives packed into a yellow Ryder rental truck, killing 168 people in and near the Oklahoma City federal building.