Iowa City police say suspicious package was art

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a suspicious package that was destroyed in Iowa City was an electronic art piece.

Iowa City officials say in a news release Wednesday that the package that was destroyed by a bomb squad Sunday evening was a piece created by artist Russell Jaffe.

Jaffe told police a local resident bought the piece in January. Police determined the resident put the item in an abandoned newspaper vending machine that was used as a “take something, leave something” box.

Police determined the man didn’t have malicious intent when he left the art piece in the box.

The Johnson County bomb squad used a water cannon to destroy the item.

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