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Suspicious Package Detonated By Bomb Squad

Independence National Historical Park

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On the afternoon of October 5th, a suspicious package was discovered at the front entrance of park headquarters in the Merchants Exchange Building. Upon initial visual inspection, there seemed to be what looked like an antenna protruding from the package. The building was accordingly evacuated and the Philadelphia police department, fire department, and bomb squad were notified. The bomb squad assessed the package and determined that it would be a proper precaution to destroy it in place through a controlled detonation. Although no explosives or dangerous materials were discovered after sifting through the remnants, the detonation shattered a large, custom, curved glass window which could cost several thousands of dollars to replace. Camera footage showed a man and woman placing the package on the ground and walking off after several minutes, leaving the package behind. It’s not yet known if the act was intentional. No injuries occurred. The park is working closely with the JTTF, FBI, Philadelphia Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Philadelphia Arson and Explosives Task Force.



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