Clallam County courthouse evacuated after suspicious package discovered
PORT ANGELES – A suspicious package that prompted an evacuation of the Clallam County courthouse on Monday contained a pair of tennis shoes, a shopping list, a cigarette and a spoon, Sheriff Sgt. Said John Hollis.
The unsealed box was found on a table in the downstairs lobby between the county assessor’s and treasurer’s offices around 11:20 a.m., Hollis said.
The courthouse was evacuated as a precaution.
A state patrol bomb squad determined that there was no bomb inside the package.
“They dressed and x-rayed him on stage and were able to look at the x-ray right away,” Hollis said in a telephone interview.
“In the end, someone left a pair of tennis shoes, a shopping list, a cigarette in a plastic container and a spoon.”
The 15×8-inch box was sealed so the contents could not be seen, Deputy Sheriff Ron Cameron said in a press release.
“The deputies and the county administration assessed the location of the package and, being in a high traffic area for the public and employees, found it best to close the courthouse for other business. for the day and evacuate the building, ”Cameron said.
“The prison was not evacuated because it was far from the package, and the secure construction of the correctional facility would minimize the impact on people in this section.”
The State Patrol Bomb Squad arrived around 1:40 p.m. and quickly determined there was no bomb.
Court hearings and public meetings scheduled for Monday afternoon and evening, including Commissioner Randy Johnson’s open session on the recommendations of the Charter Review Commission, have been called off.
The courthouse is expected to reopen at 8 a.m.
Johnson’s town hall was postponed until 5 p.m. on June 3, council clerk Loni Gores said.
Hollis said suspicious packages had already caused evacuations from the courthouse.
“Every year or two someone leaves a backpack or something sitting down,” Hollis said.
“Nowadays, we take precautions. We are too careful. ”
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