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Package at Giffords` office was non-explosive

Last Updated: Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 12:19

Tucson: A loud noise rattled more than 100 people attending a candlelight vigil on Saturday outside the headquarters of Republican Gabrielle Giffords, where authorities investigated a suspicious package that turned out to be non-explosive.

Police department spokesman Lt Fabian Pacheco says an officer checking Giffords` office in Tucson had found a "strange" item that he said resembled a coffee can and had writing on it. Pacheco would not disclose what the writing said.

A bomb squad worked for a couple hours, using X-ray equipment, to try to figure out what the package was before the loud noise was heard. The noise was caused by authorities` efforts to destroy the package and render it safe.

Pacheco says there was no threat to public safety.

The package was found after a shooting rampage that left Giffords wounded and killed six others.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 12:19
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