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September 17, 2013

Federal building in Bluefield evacuated after suspicious package is discovered

BLUEFIELD — A suspicious package led to the evacuation of the Elizabeth Kee Federal Building in Bluefield this afternoon.

“It was an electronic device that had been sent to the federal building, and it had a battery charger around it,” Bluefield City Manager Jim Ferguson said. “It was not a bomb. It was just enough to cause a suspicion and evacuate the building.”

Ferguson said a scanner inside of the federal building detected the electronic device in the box.

The federal building was evacuated around noon, and traffic along Bland and Federal streets was restricted for approximately an hour.

It was later determined that the device was an activated home confinent bracelet that someone was trying to mail from the postal service office on the ground floor of the federal building, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Lair.

“They did the right thing and the proper thing,” Ferguson said. “When you are looking through a scanner, and you see something that has wires and batteries, it is a concern. It was a wise precaution to take. They did the proper thing.”

Ferguson said the Bluefield Police Department is investigating where the package came from.


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