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Suspicious Package Was Cooking Spice From Ethiopia

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A NEWS 3 on your side follow up now -- we have more tonight on a suspicious package that was delivered to a home in Sea Pines Plantation on the south end of Hilton Head Island yesterday afternoon.

While the package was contained it did cause some commotion for local authorities.

It all started yesterday afternoon, when Beaufort County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Calibogue Cay in Sea Pines. The resident said she received a package containing an unknown white, powdery substance

From there authorities from multiple agencies including the bomb squad, and the FBI contained the area as well as the post office on Bow Circle road where the package came from to check for any additional threats.

And deputies say this major response is how they would respond to any dangerous situation.

"There were a lot of resources that were put into this. It was a very coordinated, very large response, and anytime we have a situation with a suspicious package, we're going to treat it as such until we determine what's inside," said Sgt. Robin McIntosh.

Just after 2:00am, it was determined that the substance was not hazardous and was, in fact, a cooking spice from Ethiopia. It is not believed that the package was sent with any malicious intent, and authorities will continue to investigate.

 

 

The investigation into a suspicious package delivered yesterday afternoon to a residence in Sea Pines has been safely concluded.

At approximately 4:30 PM yesterday, Sheriff's deputies responded to Briarwood Villas (15 Calibogue Cay) in reference to a suspicious package. Sea Pines Security initially responded to unit #394 where they met with the complainant who advised she had received a package containing an unknown white, powdery substance.

The complaint reported that she had been expecting a package delivery from overseas, so when a package was delivered yesterday, she opened it. However, upon seeing the contents, she noticed the return address was unfamiliar and became concerned.

Members of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to the scene to secure the package and assess it for any explosive threat. Members of the Hilton Head/Bluffton HAZMAT Team also responded to assist in the investigation. Both the complainant and the first-responding security officer were decontaminated by HAMAT personnel for any possible exposure, and were transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Contact was made with the delivering postal carrier, the local US Postal Inspector, and the Bow Circle post office from which the package had been processed and delivered. The office was already closed for the day, however, deputies quarantined the building and remaining personnel until the package had been identified as non-hazardous.

A local FBI agent with the Joint Terrorism Task Force responded to the scene to further assess any public threats and members of the US National Guard 43rd Civil Support Team were requested out of Fort Jackson to perform an on-site analysis of the package contents.

Just after 2 am this morning, it was determined that the substance was not hazardous and was, in fact, a cooking spice from Ethiopia. It is not believed that the package was sent with any malicious intent. Upon identifying the contents, all scenes were released.

 

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious package that was delivered to a home in Sea Pines Plantation Monday afternoon.

The home is located on Calibogue Cay Road.

The Sheriff's Office says the package is contained and is not a danger to the public.

No other information was released.

Stay with News 3 for updates.

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