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On Jan. 7, 2020, at about 12:47 p.m., a U.S. Postal Service worker contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Center to report a suspicious package near the intersection of Central Avenue and Johnson Lane in McKinleyville.
According to the reporting party, the package, which was located inside of a white plastic shopping bag, had been placed under a stop sign at the intersection for several hours.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Team was dispatched to investigate. California Highway Patrol officers responded to assist in temporarily closing Central Avenue between Grange and Airport Roads while deputies investigated. During this time, local residents were advised to stay indoors while deputies worked to determine the contents of the package.
Utilizing an EOD robot, deputies x-rayed the package and determined the contents to be safe. The road was re-opened to traffic shortly after.
There is no perceived threat to the public at this time.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that if you see something suspicious or out of place in your neighborhood, do not touch or move it, but contact your local law enforcement.