‘Suspicious Package’ Shuts Down Municipal Complex

FALSE ALARM – The Municipal Complex was shut down for about an hour after a suspicious package was found on a bench at the Public Safety Building. (File photo).

UPDATE: Police have released a few more details about the incident. Police said that at about 4 p.m. on October 19, a man walked into police headquarters looking for help in opening a box he had received from a stranger. The man told police that he believed there was a large amount of cash and explosives inside the box.

All municipal building sin the complex were evacuated, and the New Jersey State Police Bomb Squad and Somerset County Sheriff K-9 responded to the area and later determined the box was empty.

No further information was provided by police. 

A suspicious package left on a bench in front of the township Public Safety Building on October 19 spurred an evacuation and closing of the complex’s buildings, including the library and municipal building.

A bomb-sniffing dog was brought in and determined that the box did not hold any explosives, according to a person with knowledge of the incident.

The contents of the package have yet to be revealed.

The complex was closed shortly after 5 p.m., and reopened shortly after 6 p.m., according to advisory emails sent by the Township.

Nothing further is known about the incident; township police had not issued a press release as of 12:30 a.m. October 20.

This is a developing story. More information will be published as it is obtained.

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