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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2004 12:06 pm | Updated: 4:37 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Bomb dogs sniffing incoming mail at Scottsdale city offices Tuesday may soon be replaced by X-ray equipment, a city official said.

The city announced plans to acquire X-ray or other explosive detection equipment late Monday, nearly five days after a mail bomb exploded in the hands of Scottsdale's director of cultural diversity.

Meanwhile, police officers continued to be stationed at the city's offices, including the human resources complex, 7575 E. Main St., where a package addressed to Don Logan detonated in his hands Thursday afternoon, injuring him, his assistant and another employee.

In an e-mail to employees, City Manager Jan Dolan on Monday evening announced a list of safety precautions by the city — effective immediately or in the future.

All mail, including commercial deliveries from companies such as United Parcel Service and Federal Express, is to be directed to the city's central mailroom.

Employees are asked to not accept any mail unless it's delivered by city mailroom personnel.

More widespread planned security measures includ restricting access to city offices, visitor registration, video surveillance systems and more security guards.

New X-ray and/or bomb detection equipment would be installed at Scottsdale Municipal Court, the central mailroom and the warehouse receiving area.

City spokesman Pat Dodds said increased security barriers had been planned for discussion by the City Council on April 4.

“Now, we are looking at speeding that up a little bit,” he said. Logan, who suffered the most serious injuries with burn and shrapnel wounds to his hands and forearms, underwent two surgeries this past weekend. He was released from the hospital Monday.

"I am going to take care of my family, let my body heal, and know that I am at peace with who I am and what I do,” said Logan in a statement released Monday by the city.

"My prognosis is good. I have had two surgeries on my arm. I'll need time to let the healing process take place, but I expect a full recovery."

Logan's assistant, Renita Linyard, who had face and eye injuries from bomb shrapnel, in her comments thanked a co-worker for guiding her to safety.

"First, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Craig Sullivan for helping me out of the building and being so calm and reassuring” Linyard said. Sullivan, a senior analyst with human resources, ran into the smoke- and debris-filled hallway, and found Linyard immediately after the blast, Dodds said. Sullivan, a city employee for 14 years, declined requests for interviews.

“His answer was: ‘You know, I just did what anybody else would have,’ ” Dodds said.

Jacque Bell, senior human resources representative, who had minor injuries from the explosion, gave credit to fellow employees and emergency responders for reacting calmly and professionally.

“The way everyone handled the situation showed the value of the emergency training we’ve been through,” Bell said.

Inspector Raul Vargas, a team leader with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, lead agency in the investigation, said 20 to 40 detectives work the case daily.

The detectives have formed teams through a multi-agency task force that includes local, state and federal authorities, Vargas said.

Vargas said dozens of people have been interviewed, but he would not comment on suspects.

The package had a Valley return address, according to Scottsdale police.

Investigators Tuesday were still awaiting analysis on debris collected after the explosion and shipped to a laboratory in Dulles, Va.

“They promised they are going to give me a call as soon as they have something definitive for us,” Vargas said.

Document experts, forensic and fingerprint specialists, and other crime scene analysts worked through the weekend on the evidence sent Friday. Vargas said more material was sent Tuesday.

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