Department arrived to assess the situation and investigate the contents of the package.
At about 2 p.m., the Maryland Independent received a package addressed to the business and contained an employee’s name. Once the package was opened, a Maryland Independent employee pulled out a small, black object weighing about 3 pounds. The object appeared to be a magnet with numerous screws attached and a single wire connected from one end to another with a small switch on one end. After looking up the packages tracking number, it was revealed the package had been originally sent from Atlanta. At that time, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office was called. The building was evacuated. At about 5:30 p.m., the sheriff’s office deemed it safe for people to get in their cars and leave the premises.
Chris Shasho, manager of Shasho Consulting Commercial Real Estate which owns the building, said he previously saw a picture of a similar object on Facebook which alarmed him.
“As soon as I saw it I thought, wow, that looks similar. Hopefully it won’t be anything serious,” Shasho said.