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Durham Police Respond to Suspicious Package

Posted January 17, 2007

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— Durham police are investigating a suspicious package that shut down traffic and forced evacuations near Duke University's East Campus for more than two hours Wednesday.

The Durham County Sheriff's Bomb Unit responded to the scene at 700 Broad St. shortly before 2 p.m. and removed the package from the area.

The deputies took the package to a remote area, where they were working to detonate it late Wednesday afternoon.

In an unrelated incident about 15 minutes later, police responded to a bomb threat at Hillcrest Convalescence Center at 1417 Pettigrew St. Authorities evacuated and checked for anything suspicious. Residents were allowed to return after the building was searched.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information about who might have left the package to contact the Durham Police Department at 919-560-4440 or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200.

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  • dclark Jan 18, 2007

    What makes a package " suspicious". Really, I'd like to know more. Was it really a bomb? If the cops don't tell us, then we will just wonder. I don't think Durham would be a target for any terrorist group, although we do have that rowdy group of lacross players over at Duke.... ;-)

  • BLA BLA BLA Jan 18, 2007

    builder276, thats funny,not. Its good that the Police are doing their job
    utilizing equipment that the citizens of Durham paid for, otherwise it would collect dust. IED's [improvised explosive devices] are smaller than u think and can pack a punch. If you think the stuff in Iraq wont happen here, think again. The US also has domestic terrorist within its borders.
    Instead of cracking jokes about it, be glad it[whatever it was], wasnt a bomb that went off next to you.

  • no screen name Jan 17, 2007

    does the lacrosse team live near East Campus? If so, look for something from NiFong tomorrow....

  • superman Jan 17, 2007

    it was probably evidence that mr. nifong lost while he was moving his stuff out of his office. Could have been the dna test results he tampered with.

  • inmyopinionnc Jan 17, 2007

    Better for them to be a little paranoid than to be proven right.

  • stonky Jan 17, 2007

    ten bucks it was just someones lunch layin around...Bomb team needed an excuse