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Bethlehem Bomb Squad called to 3rd scene in as many hours

By Jamie Peter, WFMZ.com Reporter, JPeter@wfmz.com
Published On: May 01 2013 10:21:17 PM CDT
Updated On: May 02 2013 12:09:26 PM CDT

Bomb squad has busy night

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

The Bethlehem bomb squad cleared the scene of a suspicious package.

It, along with police and EMS, responded to Siegfried and Irene streets in Bethlehem around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The unit's robot was deployed, a 69 News crew on the scene said.  Eventually, it was determined the package was safe, Bethlehem fire officials said.

A man, officials said, called police when a package he wasn't expecting arrived at his home.  It turns out, the package was sent to him as a surprise from someone he knows.

Six homes were evacuated while crews investigated, fire officials said.

Around 8 p.m., the bomb squad was called to Hanover Township after three sticks labeled "TNT" were found in the drawer of an old sewing machine. It was disposed of safely.

Around 9 p.m., the bomb squad was called to Hellertown for reports of a suspicious package.

The robot was deployed there and the package was later disposed of by the bomb squad.

According to Hellertown police, the package was suspicious initially because it had a blue LED light sticking out of it.

After evacuating the area, and evaluating the package with the robot, officials determined the item was an external speaker with a blue LED in it that's used for cell phone or video games.

All residents were allowed to return to their homes.