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N.C. revenue department building reopened after scare

Posted August 25, 2010
Updated August 27, 2010

Workers line up outside the North Carolina Department of Revenue building in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010. The building was evacuated after a suspicious-looking package was found.

— A suspicious package prompted the temporary evacuation of the North Carolina Department of Revenue building in downtown Raleigh Wednesday morning.

A call at 9:20 a.m. reported that a suspicious-looking package was in the middle of street in front of the revenue building on Wilmington Street. Capitol police and a Raleigh police bomb squads and bomb-sniffing dogs examined the package, and found no indication of explosives.

The revenue department building was evacuated around 9:50 a.m. as a precaution. Hundreds of workers were taken to the lawn behind the Legislative Building and allowed to re-enter the building around 10:30 a.m. Revenue building evacuated for suspicious package Revenue building evacuated for suspicious package

Nearby roads, including Wilmington Street, were shut down during the evacuation.

The 4-by-4-inch package was copper fillings and wire covered in black tape and wrapped inside a towel, police said. The towel was also wrapped in black tape.

Police said they aren't sure if the package accidentally fell off a truck or was placed in the street on purpose. However the package ended up there, it was likely captured on one of the surveillance cameras in the area, police said.


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  • flip126822 Aug 26, 2010

    Sean there is a two deck parking garage that runs UNDER the entire square that the buildings (archdale, rev. dobbs. LOB, and Education) sit on top of. It is under the buildings....but connects ALL of them!

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  • justly8997 Aug 25, 2010

    This is why i dont like my mom working there...

  • caniac8402 Aug 25, 2010

    For all of those that think it was silly to evacuate a building for a "suspicious package"... if it was your loved ones in that building please make sure you tell them to sit tight until you know for sure that it was not a bomb. Once you know it is a bomb then let everyone evacuate. Would you have sat there and waited for someone to tell you it wasn't one? I think you would be the first out the door! How about use a little common sense..... oh wait some never had it.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 25, 2010

    dougdeep, those racist dudes with stupid hats and carrying misspelled signs were from the far left.

    Maybe you were on vacation when www.crashtheteaparty.com was taken offline.

  • bonez Aug 25, 2010

    Police & Fire audio from the incident can be heard @ www.wakecountylivescanner.com under the Audio Archives tab. That site also streams live Police,Fire & EMS audio.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Aug 25, 2010

    Isn't this the forth "suspicious looking package" reported in the last two months?

    Is someone doing this for giggles or are we all just paranoid?

  • dougdeep Aug 25, 2010

    The middle is the only thing keeping this country sane. Extremism at either end is what brings us such great things as terrorism, fascism, communism, and racist dudes with stupid hats, holding misspelled signs.

  • seankelly15 Aug 25, 2010

    yachtguychris - I am not aware of even small firecrackers in the states you mention. The proof is in the pudding. Come back to this site when one of your fools actually wins an election to Federal Office and then actually is able to pass a bill with any of the crazy talk that you guys utter. It is extremists like you that I am more worried about then someone who is 'middle of the road'. You guys see everything in black and white, not because the issues are black and white, but because you only see black and white.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Aug 25, 2010

    Chris, sorry to rain on your parade. I was really just messing. I don't total disagree with what the Tea Party stands for. There is an obvious need for some major changes in how we tax and spend. I think some of the Tea Party backed candidates to be suspect but that probably goes with the newness of the party. But man, to blame me for all the woes of society, that was cold.