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Package mailed to Rockefeller office found safe

By Staff reports

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A suspicious package mailed to Sen. Jay Rockefeller's office in Beckley on Thursday was not a danger, a police bomb squad discovered.

The package was deemed safe and no one was in danger, Andrew Beckner, Rockefeller's press secretary, said in an email.

Beckley Police Lt. J.C. McPeake said the office received a package from outside the country early Thursday morning. McPeake said the package raised office staff suspicions because they were not expecting a foreign package and the package is sealed "extra tight around the seams with tape." It's unclear what was inside the package. A bomb-detecting K-9 unit checked out the package and gave staff permission to return to the office.

Rockefeller's office released a statement saying the staff felt the package needed "an extra set of eyes to determine its contents and intent."

"Our staff takes an abundance of precaution when they receive mail, and strictly follow established Senate policy and procedures for handling it," according to the statement. "While mail and packages that arrive in our D.C. offices are pre-screened off site, that service isn't available in state offices. That is why our staff took the prudent and precautionary step of asking for assistance from security screeners."


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