2013-03-08

Harmless objects continue to cause mayhem in Athens

This week a bottle containing liquid was considered suspicious at the Social Security Administration office, so authorities stopped traffic and had the UGA bomb squad remove it:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-03-07/liquid-athens-social-security-building-not-hazardous

Three weeks ago a box of clothes was considered suspicious at the downtown post office and federal courthouse building:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2013-02-11/unattended-package-athens-post-office-turns-out-be-bag-clothes

When searching for that second article I found out that this was not the first time that a box of clothes shut down a post office in Athens:

http://onlineathens.com/stories/071301/new_0713010016.shtml

You may also remember that someone put candy in the double-barreled cannon and caused mayhem:

http://onlineathens.com/stories/092403/new_20030924072.shtml

There are probably many unreported incidents of people checking out boxes and bottles on their own without trepidation or assistance from the police. I do understand that federal facilities may be targets for terrorism, but I just hope we are not overreacting too much. Maybe these items looked particularly suspicious but the authorities do not want to show images of these things for some reason.

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