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Suspicious Packages Lead to Evacuation at Jacksonville International Airport

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The discovery of two suspicious packages prompted an emergency evacuation around 6p.m. Tuesday night at the Jacksonville International Airport.

Airport officials say one package was found in the terminal and the other in a nearby parking garage.

Jacksonville Police quickly blocked off the front entrance to the airport as bomb squads thoroughly searched the perimeter and assessed the content of the packages.

As a result, passengers aboard planes on the tarmac were left sitting for an extended period.

One of the packages was confirmed to have a destructive component, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office during a Tuesday night news conference. Sheriff's officials later deemed the device safe.

The airport was closed for more than four hours before officials felt it was safe enough to reopen.

 

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