‘Suspicious Package’ Triggers Bomb Scare, Deemed ‘Harmless’

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Police issued an “all clear” after Emory Police Department (EPD) and DeKalb County Police responded to a report of a suspicious package at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building (WHSCAB) Thursday afternoon.

Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) received a notice of a “possible suspicious package” on the plaza adjacent to Means Drive between the WHSCAB and the School of Medicine shortly before noon, according to a Feb. 8 University statement sent to the Wheel by Associate Director of University Media Relations Elaine Justice.

EPD was notified of the report and responded to the scene. The first floor of WHSCAB was evacuated, Justice told the Wheel in a phone call.

DeKalb County Police Bomb Squad and a K-9 unit also responded to the scene around 12:50 p.m. EPD and local law enforcement “investigated … and determined the package was harmless,” the University statement reads. Police issued the “all clear” around 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

EPD Lt. Thomas Manns said that the investigation is ongoing as of 3:52 p.m. Thursday and declined to provide further information.

No further official reports about the incident are available as of press time.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

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