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Package found at Goldsboro courthouse wasn't a bomb

Posted September 12, 2011

— The courthouse in Goldsboro was evacuated Monday morning after a security guard found a suspicious package, Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said.

The bomb squad from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base was called out to deal with the package outside the courthouse on Walnut Street.

A bomb squad robot tore into the package and found that it wasn't a bomb, Winders said.

Jail inmates were moved to safety, and hundreds of people who work in the county buildings were prevented from entering, the sheriff said.


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  • whatrutalkinabout Sep 13, 2011

    hunter38...I appreciate your perspective, but just to clarify...YOUR original comment wasn't even part of what sparked my initial comment. I'm not "so dang sensitive" I just happen to know many, many people who work in that Court House. Sometimes people post snide remarks without putting themselves in others situations first. Just saying, people need to be more considerate before posting sometimes. Comments that may not be intended to be hurtful sometimes are.

  • hunter38 Sep 12, 2011

    To whatrutalkinabout.....maybe since you're so dang sensitive perhaps you shouldn't read the comments if you dont like them...thats YOUR right....just like its the right of the rest of us to post what we want......translation...chill out....none of us wants anyone to hurt.

  • kampercam Sep 12, 2011

    When has taking safety measures become embarrassing? I imagine they feel relieved not embarrassed. Even if the item wasn't purposely posed as looking like a bomb I seriously doubt anyone would be embarrassed.

  • whatrutalkinabout Sep 12, 2011

    Some of you people are so insensitive it's ridiculous. Scared of shadows? Just nothing? Several of my friends-who are important, not "nothings" work in the courthouse. What may be a casualty to you may be a brother, sister, spouse, child, etc. to someone else. It is always better to be safe than sorry. At least these people were going to work. What's your excuse for sitting here in the middle of the day making snide remarks? And before you ask me the same thing...I'm just getting home for the day for a bit before going to my other job. Just learn to be more sensitive about people's feelings. Just because it isn't your priority doesn't mean it matters to no one at all. And yes, even if it was another county and I knew no one involved, I'd still post the same thing.

  • kampercam Sep 12, 2011

    Sounds like the package was meant to look like a real bomb. "The device, a cardboard box containing two cylinders and wiring on top of cotton material, was located several feet from the entrance doors." -News Argus-

    So this isn't a case of "being afraid of our own shadow".

  • retiredcfcc Sep 12, 2011

    Re: HeadPro You are right about "nothings" in Goldsboro. We do have a "LARGE NOTHING" that lives in Goldsboro.On Berkley Blvd. Glad package was "nothing" harmful.

  • jblake1932 Sep 12, 2011

    Well, what was it, somebodys lunch?? Oh, they are to embarrased to say!!

  • GoGreen Sep 12, 2011

    We have become afraid of our own shadow.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Sep 12, 2011

    I bet everyone involved was fairly confident it was not a bomb, but they did it by the book to be safe.

  • hunter38 Sep 12, 2011

    It was Obama's new jobs bill....mighty suspicious