Police say ‘suspicious package’ posed no danger

Jan. 25, 2013 @ 05:45 PM

Police said Friday that a “suspicious package” containing bottles of liquid found at a house under construction in Hope Valley posed no danger.

Durham police and other emergency officials were called to what was described as a “suspicious package” about 5 p.m. Thursday in a yard in the 3600 block of Hathaway Road.

The Police Department’s Bio-Chemical Emergency Response Team (B-CERT), the Durham County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad and the Durham Fire Department’s HazMat team responded.

Shortly before 11 p.m., officials sent a telephone alert to nearby residents that the package would be detonated, and shortly thereafter, a muffled explosion could be heard.

No one was evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s officials said Friday that “various chemicals and military-grade training ordnance was recovered.”

They said all of the ordnance and some of the chemicals were “neutralized” onsite by the bomb team.

In an email posted Friday on the PAC3 listserv, Lt. Jerry E. Yount, assistant commander of the Durham Police Department’s District Three, wrote that two construction workers found two “ammo” can metal boxes under a bush. He said they opened the boxes and found bottles of liquid.

Yount said authorities were able to identify 15 of the substances “but not all.”

“The remaining bottles were collected and disposed of,” he said. “There is no reason to believe the neighborhood is in any danger. It appears the items were just improperly left behind by someone.”