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Styrofoam prompts suspicious package call at State Fairgrounds

Posted April 25, 2013

— Police closed Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh briefly Thursday afternoon to investigate reports of a suspicious package, which turned out to be pieces of polystyrene foam, a state Department of Agriculture spokesman said.

Someone going to North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine who parked at the State Fairgrounds, shortly after 4 p.m., reported the item which was on the road outside Gate 10.

Authorities closed Blue Ridge Road, from Hillsborough Street to Trinity Road, to investigate and found that it was pieces of yellow foam wrapped in red duct tape, Agriculture Department spokesman Brian Long said.

The Raleigh Police Department's bomb team confirmed that the item was harmless.

Blue Ridge Road reopened less than an hour later.

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  • whatelseisnew Apr 26, 4:05 p.m.

    I find Styrofoam to be suspicious. It should be heavily investigated by Janet the useless one. She can continue ignoring the real problem and instead of focusing on people that are doing nothing wrong she can focus on the styrofoam. Then she can claim the next incident could have been prevented by immigration reform. Just think we can then give amnesty to the terrorists.

  • trianglerelic Apr 25, 6:57 p.m.

    "A North Carolina State University ___ who was parking at" A NC State University(WHAT)was parking... I think you are missing the subject here to complete your sentence..

    By the way... A few years ago, a man stopped me while I was out Geocaching. He said I was suspicious acting with my GPS and Cell Phone in hand... Not very smart on his part to confront someone like that. Had I been a terrorist or criminal, I probably would have taken him out and stuck him under a bush... Be smart people, if you see someone acting suspicious, let the cops confront the person unless you are a Navy Seal, or Special Ops ;-) Just my 2 cents..

  • yankee1 Apr 25, 6:34 p.m.

    C'mon people make an attempt at using common sense, please!

  • Phyxius1 Apr 25, 5:50 p.m.

    Terrorists are getting the reaction they are striving for. Striking terror and shutting down things by any package or item deemed suspicious nowadays. I think this is the third one locally in a week.