Officials say suspicious package found at Chatham County legislative building not a threat

Officials say suspicious package found at Chatham County legislative building appears to be incendia

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE: Officials say a suspicious package found on the steps of the Old Courthouse appeared to be an incendiary device, but was not a threat.

A county spokeswoman says while it wasn’t a threat, police still had to treat it like one for several hours, keeping several blocks in the heart of Savannah’s Historic District blocked off while multiple agencies came together to figure out what the package was.

County employees were evacuated from the Old Courthouse while a Savannah Police EOD team came in to gather up the box and take it to an X-ray machine. As far as the package that appeared to be an incendiary device, the county couldn’t yet say if it actually was one that just wasn’t active, or if it was made to look like an incendiary device when it, in fact, wasn’t.

Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley responded to whether or not this incident stemmed from a threat.

“Not that I’m aware of. Obviously, this caught the security guard off guard when he came in this morning, so we don’t have anything to couple it with in terms of an event a few days ago and then we have this, so we’re treating this as an isolated incident, because that’s all we know at this point," Chief Hadley said.

The package is still being analyzed. As far as we know, there haven’t been any arrests or even a person of interest identified who could have left the package.

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Parts of Drayton, Broughton and Bull streets were closed in downtown Savannah on Monday morning as police investigated a suspicious package.

The Chatham County Public Information Office says the package was discovered on the steps of the Old Courthouse, also known as the Legislative Courthouse. This is the building at 124 Bull Street where Chatham County Commission meets - not the current Chatham County Courthouse.

Chatham County Police Department Chief Jeff Hadley said the suspicious package is a small box with irregular writing on it. The item is in the possession of the bomb team.

The Chatham County police chief is providing an update on a suspicious package found near a legislative building in downtown Savannah. -- https://bit.ly/2M5IIBq

Posted by WTOC-TV on Monday, July 22, 2019

The Chatham County Public Information Office says that all roads are open, as of 12:10 p.m. Monday.

WTOC will update this story as more information becomes available.

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