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Suspicious package in Chapel Hill was hoax

Posted November 4, 2011

— A suspicious device found in a mailbox in Chapel Hill was possibly a hoax, police said Friday.

Sgt. Joshua Mecimore with the Chapel Hill Police Department said that a mail carrier found the unknown device inside a mailbox on Umstead Drive just before noon.

"The Durham County Bomb Unit responded and determined that the package was possibly a hoax, not a genuine explosive device," Mecimore said in a statement.

The scare prompted police to close Umstead Drive from Bradley Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to traffic for about three hours to resolve the matter.

The road has since been reopened.


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  • lilrednekgrl Nov 4, 2011

    And We Wander Why the Police in NC Are Cutting Back on Certain 911 Calls???? Perhaps Because Of False Accusations Like this One.

  • tatermommy52 Nov 4, 2011

    Republican literature.

  • kcollier39 Nov 4, 2011

    got milk

  • Snakebite Survivor Nov 4, 2011

    That explains all the sirens here in northern Chapel Hill. My guess? An alarm clock...

  • dgcreech Nov 4, 2011

    @ paginasecunda ... cookie?!?! MAN now I'm hungry too!!!

  • paginasecunda Nov 4, 2011

    Another light bulb? Or is it cookies? That reminds me, what's for lunch?