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LAPD responds to suspicious package at lab

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By John Severance

The Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Los Alamos Police Department's bomb squad responded to a call regarding a suspicious package at Technical Area 3 earlier this afternoon.

An investigation of the package was conducted and it was determined to be a non-hazardous, unattended package.

During the investigation of the incident, access to the immediate area was restricted. Restricted access to the Otowi Building and other buildings in the area at TA-3 has been lifted.

Los Alamos police chief Wayne Torpy said “Our folks went out there and we are usually called when there is a suspicious package. It is somewhat routine but there was no evidence of a problem. The package was left behind by accident.”

It was not the first time the bomb squad had been called to the lab this week.

LAPD responded to another call Tuesday morning.

According to lab spokesman Kevin Roark, “It was nothing hazardous or threatening.  This was a result of our standard mailroom screening process that calls for a Hazardous Devices Team (HDT) assessment and LAPD response when incoming mail/packages don't meet certain packaging or addressing criteria.”