PACK­AGE

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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.

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