Suspicious package removed from VA facility in Ala


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say the three buildings at the Veteran's Affairs Medical center have been reopened after a bomb squad removed a suspicious package.

The Tuscaloosa News ( ) reports that the office buildings were evacuated after a man dropped off a pipe-shaped package at the front desk around 2:20 p.m. Thursday. People were allowed back inside about two hours later.

Veteran's Affairs Medical center spokesman Damon Stevenson says a man asked the receptionist to make sure the package was delivered to a nurse, and then rushed out of the building. Stevenson says the man has been apprehended and being questioned by police.

Tuscaloosa County sheriff's Sgt. Andy Norris says deputies detonated the device at a gravel pit off U.S. Highway 82 West. Norris says they are unsure whether it was a bomb.


Information from: The Tuscaloosa News,

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