May 5, 2011 in City

Suspicious package causes evacuation of SR

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A member of the Spokane Explosive Disposal Unit holds paper packaging found in a device left at the front counter of the Spokesman-Review, May 5, 2011, in downtown Spokane, Wash. The package was moved to a shipment receiving bay when the officer inspected the device.
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Hundreds of The Spokesman-Review’s employees were evacuated this afternoon after someone brought a suspicious package into the lobby of the downtown building.

The Explosive Disposal Unit responded and determined the package was not a threat.

According to newspaper officials, the incident occurred at approximately 2:50. A woman entered the front door and placed the package the size of an empty toilet paper roll on the front desk. She said someone outside told her to give the package to an unnamed reporter, then she ran out of the building. The package was wrapped in a blue business envelope.

The guard who received the package took it to the building’s loading dock, following the company’s protocol.

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