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N E W S   R E L E A S E


Sept. 15, 2013





Assistant Chief Robert S. Ryalls, Fire/EMS Public Information Officer
O: 757-565-7603; C: 757-876-5051


Suspicious package - 5219 Monticello Ave. (U.S. Post Office) in James City County


Units from the James City County Fire and Police Departments, Virginia State Police and US Postal Service responded at 11:48 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15 for the report of an unattended package at the Monticello Post Office. JCCPD responded to find a sealed unattended shoe box sitting on the counter with no one inside the building. The caller indicated that the building was empty when she reported the unattended package. A perimeter was established and entry into the building was denied. 


The on-scene Fire Marshal requested that the Virginia State Police Bomb Disposal unit be notified to respond. Upon arrival of the State Police, their robot was used to fire a water slug at the suspicious package. This action would disrupt any electrical and explosive material.


Investigation after the water slug was fired revealed an empty box. There was no damage caused inside the building from firing the water. The building was turned over to the Postal Inspector and Post Office staff. Units cleared the scene at 3:24 p.m.



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