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Surprise Package From Austin, TX Brings Bomb Squad To Washington Township

The Bomb Squad deployed its robotic bomb scanner. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Washington Township PD
Yorktowne Court Photo Credit: Googlemaps

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Authorities summoned the bomb squad Monday night after a Washington Township homeowner received what was initially considered a suspicious package from Austin, TX.

The package turned out to be an unexpected family photo with an Austin postmark, responders told Daily Voice.

The homeowner became concerned because of a series of recent package explosions in the Texas city in which two people were killed and a 75-year-old woman seriously injured.

Two occurred within hours of one another on Monday. The other was on March 2. Authorities in Texas believe all three were connected.

Following Monday's call 8 p.m. in Washington Township, the Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad used a remote device to examine the package and found it harmless.

Responders to the Yorktowne Court townhouse off Cambridge Drive also included local police, firefighters and EMS workers.

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