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'Ticking' package causes bomb scare at post office

(MCT) — A bomb squad was sent to a post office in west suburban Batavia after a worker found a package believed to be “ticking” this morning while unloading a truck, authorities said.

“It’s not a bomb,’’ said Batavia Deputy Police Chief Dan Eul.

It happened about 5:20 a.m. outside the post office, 500 N. Randall Rd. when a worker was unloading a truck, said Eul.

Eul declined to go into details on what the package looked like but said the worker thought they heard it “ticking.’’

“They thought it was a cause for concern so they called us,’’ Eul said.

The Kane County bomb squad was sent to the scene and x-rayed the item but deemed it safe and placed it back on the way to its destination, Eul said.

The building was evacuated but the "handful" of workers were allowed back inside about 8:15 a.m., Eul said.

Kane County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler and Eul confirmed there were no injuries.

Mill Street was briefly closed at the intersection of Randall Road and Haines Drive but was also opened back up about 8:20 a.m. Eul said.

Batavia is about 35 miles west of Chicago.

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