LaFayette Courthouse Evacuated When Suspicious Package Found

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The LaFayette County courthouse was evacuated on Wednesday, after a suspicious package was noticed.

According to Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson, at approximately 11:20 a.m., a soft pack personal cooler was located outside the building at 103 S. Duke Street. A pull-over jacket was lying beside the cooler.

Out of an abundance of caution, the sheriff’s personnel evacuated the area up to 300 feet around the building and asked for assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s explosive technician to come and examine the package.

During the course of waiting for the technician to arrive, it was discovered that there had been a class held by the State Probation Office in the building on Tuesday evening. Probation Office personnel assisted in calling all the attendees of the meeting. The owner of the box and clothing garment was located and confirmed that the items located belonged to him. Subsequently, the package was opened and it was found to be empty.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office made certain that there was no remaining threat and the scene returned to normal around 12:40 p.m.


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