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Tarpon Springs High School briefly locked down over suspicious package

Times staff

TARPON SPRINGS — Police closed a section of Gulf Road and Tarpon Springs High School was placed on lock-down Tuesday over concerns about a suspicious-looking package delivered to the school.

The Tampa Bay Regional Bomb Squad was called to investigate and determined that the package was safe, according to the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Fears had arisen in part because the package, which was delivered in the mail, had no visible return address, police said.

But also, when the package was partially opened by the school's front office staff, they saw newspaper, duct tape and twine.

The package was placed in Gulf Road as a precaution by a school administrator, who also called police.

Once authorities determined the package wasn't dangerous, it was opened. Inside was a gold trophy with the name of an office staff employee. There was no letter or other identifying information with the package, which had been rewrapped by the postal service before it was delivered to the school, police said.

The school was taken off lock-down at about 12:30 p.m.

Tarpon Springs High School briefly locked down over suspicious package 03/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 6:04pm]
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