Ore. Senate cleared out for suspicious package

Ore. Senate cleared out for suspicious package

Ore. Senate cleared out for suspicious package

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Posted on March 19, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 1:12 PM

SALEM -- The Senate wing of the Oregon State Capitol was temporarily cleared out Tuesday after a suspicious package was found in the building, authorities said.

"An unidentified black pelican case with the number 21 on it has been left by the 3rd floor Senate elevators," read an email sent out by the Legislative Administration Tuesday morning. "Until further notice we ask everyone to stay clear of the Senate wing while the state police investigate."

Spokeswoman Dana Richardson then announced that there would be no Senate floor session Tuesday.

"Once the issue with the suspicious suitcase is resolved, the President will adjourn the Senate without a quorum until tomorrow," she said.

Oregon State Police said the evacuation lasted for about an hour, while they worked to determine the case did not pose a threat.

"Hazardous device technicians responded, x-rayed the contents and found it contained camera equipment," said Lt. Terri Davie. "The case was returned to its owner after contact with OSP."

The House floor session was not affected.

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