Two buildings at the state Forestry Department’s office complex in east Salem were evacuated Thursday because of fears that a package might contain a bomb, officials said.
However, an inspection of the package by members of the Oregon State Police bomb squad showed that it contained only nylon jackets.
About 50 employees in the two buildings were evacuated around 2 p.m. and police were called after a woman employee reported receiving a suspicious-looking package said Ann Hanus, assistant state forester.
Hanus said workers at her agency are especially nervous because of the death earlier this week of a timber industry lobbyist in Sacramento, Calif., who was killed by a package bomb sent by the “Unabomber.”
Officials said the package appeared suspicious to the employee because it was poorly wrapped and was addressed to a forestry worker using only the person’s first name.