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August 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Suspicious package removed from state Capitol

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA– A bomb squad has removed a suspicious package from the state Capitol building.

The  State Patrol reopened the complex to workers and the public around noon Monday, about two hours after evacuating the site. A bomb squad member wearing full protective gear and helmet carried a cloth shopping bag out of the building.

Authorities say the package was suspicious in part because it was left in a roped-off area in the center of the Capitol rotunda.

Lawmakers are not in session at the Capitol, but staff members for the governor’s office and other state agencies work at the complex.

ORIGINAL POST:

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA – Authorities are bringing in a bomb squad to examine a suspicious package at the state Capitol building.

The State Patrol evacuated the complex around 10 a.m. on Monday because of an unclaimed package. Lt. James Riley says a bomb squad is on the way to the site to examine the package.

Lawmakers are not in session at the Capitol, but staff members for the governor’s office and other state agencies work at the complex.

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