SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A suspicious package brought traffic and business to a standstill in part of downtown Savannah Monday morning.
Officials say it is not a threat, but the situation around Wright Square left some people in limbo for several hours.
The package was discovered on the steps of the Chatham County Legislative Courthouse, also known as the Old Chatham County Courthouse, prompting a multi-agency response from city, county and federal law enforcement officers.
The legislative court was evacuated from the building and other businesses followed — some voluntarily. Road closures were also put into place on Drayton Street and Bull Street between Oglethorpe Avenue and Broughton Street.
“We’re doing everything that we can do to make sure that the employees are safe, the citizens are safe, and the visitors are safe,” said Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley. “So that, that obviously prompts the response that you’re witnessing here today.”
Hadley added that the package was “a small box with some irregular writing on it.” It was left at the main entrance of the courthouse and found by security officers opening the building for the day.
“They immediately knew that there was something about it that was not right. It was not just your normal UPS package that had been left on our doorstep,” said Catherine Glasby, with the Chatham County Public Information Office.
The Savannah Police Department Bomb Squad (now called EOD) X-rayed the package and ultimately found that while it appeared to be an incendiary device, it was not a threat.
“I think it’s awesome that they assessed the threat, and it’s better to be safe than sorry, really,” said David Betts, a pedicab driver impacted by the road closures.
The investigation into the origin of the package continues.