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Bomb squad, hazmat team called to Easton home

Published On: May 07 2013 07:30:03 PM EDT   Updated On: May 08 2013 10:20:40 AM EDT

Bethlehem bomb squad called to Easton home


The Bethlehem bomb squad and a Lehigh County hazmat team cleared an Easton block Tuesday night, saying it is now safe to return.

It all started when a suspicious package was found in the first block of North 11th Street around 5:30 p.m. Fire, police and EMS crews immediately responded to the scene.

The package was located between a main door and a storm door of a home, said Capt. Henry Hennings, Easton Fire Dept.


Almost a block of homes were evacuated and Bethlehem's hazardous device unit's explosive-sniffing dog was called to investigate, Hennings said. The dog found no signs of explosives near the door.

The Lehigh County hazmat team was then called to the scene to check the package for any dangerous substances.  They, too, found nothing, said Hennings.

Eventually, the Bethlehem Bomb Squad responded to x-ray the package. It was determined to not be suspicious as its contents were found to be: deodorant, a notebook, an overdue library book, and a hooded sweatshirt, Hennings said.

Residents were allowed back into their homes and the scene was cleared around 9:10 p.m. Tuesday.