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False alarm at post office

A package police originally thought may have contained an explosive device turned out to be a stop watch and calculator.

According to police reports, a mail carrier from the Bowling Green Post Office heard a beeping noise coming from one of the packages in the back of his truck, Sunday evening.

“Apparently, the vibration of the truck started the beep,” said Lt. David Weekley, of the University Police Department who was on the scene with the bomb squad.

The post office was immediately closed and the streets on either side of it were closed off while a bomb squad x-rayed packages in the back of the mail truck.

“Until they determined it was not a threat, they had to ensure safety,” said Lt. Brad Conner of the Bowling Green Police Department.

Although, the main concern of the package dealt with the potential of being a bomb, Weekley said they were cautious of the possibility of anthrax. However, the x-rays showed no signs of the harmful bacteria.

“When we x-ray it, it gives us a pretty good idea of what’s in it,” Weekley said.

He added that the police were able to determine who the package was from, after talking to some people.

“I still didn’t rule out that it could have been an explosive because someone could have gotten to it and put one in, but I was about ninety-nine percent sure,” Weekley said.

The hardest part of the incident was actually finding the right package, rather than searching the package, Weekley said.

“The package would quit beeping, so we’d have to wait for it to start up again before we could search for it,” he said. “It took a lot of man hours but nobody was hurt.”

Weekley said, closing the post office and nearby streets for the remainder of the evening was the right thing to do.

“With the way things are today, I’d rather have them inconvenience someone and close off the streets than to have something happen and see somebody be too close,” he said.

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