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Suspicious package found, blown up in downtown Chapel Hill

Posted June 25, 2008

— Authorities on Tuesday blew up a suspicious package left near the downtown post office.

A witness saw a white man who appeared to be about 20 to 25 years old place a small package in the middle of East Rosemary Street near Henderson Street, behind the post office and courthouse, shortly before 6:30 p.m. and walk away in a suspicious manner, police said.

The man left the area in a light-colored Volkswagen Jetta, police said.

Chapel Hill officers cordoned off blocks around the scene and called the Durham County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad to investigate the package, first with a robot and then with a deputy wearing a protective suit.

The area was blocked off to pedestrians and vehicles for about four hours during the investigation.

Deputies found two boxes, one inside the other, and destroyed both in place.

Chapel Hill police asked that anyone with information about the case  to contact them.


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  • mfalesana Jun 25, 2008

    lol... it sounds like it was a box inside another box. Nothing more... nothing less. Big deal. Maybe the guy was hoping someone would take it and be all excited to get something and open one only to find another box and then inside that box nothing. Just for a joke. Who knows but who cares if there was nothing in it.

    I know everyone's on a witch hunt for osama here in america but get over it.

  • anggiet Jun 25, 2008

    Why couldn't that have happened during the day so my office could be evacuated? I'm glad it was disposed of properly.

  • Huey Jun 25, 2008

    Well, ya never know. I watched the bomb squad handle a real
    pipe bomb on Cameron Avenue some years ago and was impressed
    with their professionalism.

  • dta27615 Jun 25, 2008

    hmmm.... ask any prosecutor how reliable eye-witness testimony can be.... then again, even paranoids have enemies.

  • jbirdnc Jun 25, 2008

    I'm actually amazed at even that amount of detail. Light colored VW Jetta, and he was seen walking off in a suspicious manner? Might want to interview these potential witnesses a little more.

  • wiseowl Jun 25, 2008

    there's only about 10-15000 white males 20-25 in Chapel Hill.

    should be open and shut.