Package under mailbox prompts bomb scare in Tampa; was filled with garbage and addressed to the Tampa Bay Times

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Video: Package under mailbox prompts bomb scare


Tampa, Florida -- An unattended package under a drop-off mailbox prompted a call from the bomb squad and a road closure in Tampa Tuesday morning.

Tampa Police say a woman riding her bike noticed the package sitting under a mailbox at Santiago Street West and Dale Mabry Highway. About 45 minutes later, she noticed it was still there and called 911.

An officer responding to the scene noticed the package had no return address, no postage and was addressed to the Tampa Bay Times.

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A police K-9 then alerted on the package, indicating something dangerous might be inside. All lanes on South Dale Mabry between Bay to Bay Boulevard and San Juan Street were then shut down and the Regional Bomb Team was called out to investigate.

Sky 10 video showed a bomb squad tech carefully opening the package and  then discovering its contents: literally nothing but garbage.

Officials quickly deemed the trash to be harmless, and the road was reopened.

Tampa Police says the dog picked up an odor from the garbage, and that while an odor by itself can be harmless, if it is combined with other chemicals, it could be considered harmful.

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