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May 11, 2013

Suspicious package harmless

NORMAN — A Haz-Mat unit and Norman police bomb squad were sent to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department Friday afternoon after a suspicious package was received in the mail.

Sheriff Joe Lester said the package came from Florida without a return address and had packing inside around some papers. An ambulance and Norman fire truck were standing by at mid-afternoon.

However, by 3:30 p.m. officials determined there was no risk. The package contained civil papers that should have gone to another office.

Det. Captain Scott Singer said the second floor of the sheriff’s office at Peters Avenue and Comanche Street was evacuated as a precaution.

“There’s been some concern and we’ve heard from federal law enforcement authorities about being aware of the possibility of ricin and anthrax being put in the mail,” Singer said. “One of the detectives raised the issue because of the address and labels on the package and the fact that there was some bulk to it.”

The Norman Police bomb squad checked out the package and determined it to be harmless.

“We’re fortunate to have these guys,” Singer said. “They are some of the best.”

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