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Suspicious Package at Camp Lincoln Cleared as Harmless


Ongoing criminal investigation ...

 

Three suspicious packages at Camp Lincoln Tuesday afternoon turned out to be harmless, according to a press release issued by the Illinois National Guard.

 

The "all clear" was given to 240 soldiers at the base in Springfield three hours after several buildings were locked down. 

 

Local authorities responded including the Sangamon County Sheriff's office and the Springfield Fire Department.  The Illinois Air National Guard's 183rd Fighter Wing Bio-Environmental Engineering team and the Illinois Army National Guard's 5th Civil Support Team also responded.

 

The scare came after one soldier opened one of three packages and alerted authorities.  The other two packages were not opened.

 

Maj. Gen. Dennis L. Celletti of Springfield, the acting Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, says "Although this turned out to be a false alarm, the Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees here on Camp Lincoln responded exactly as they were trained."

 

An ongoing criminal investigation will be led by the FBI with assistance from the Sangamon County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies, according to the release. 

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