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N.C. revenue department building reopened after scare

Posted August 25, 2010 10:13 a.m. EDT
Updated August 27, 2010 6:58 a.m. EDT

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.

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.