Last week’s post office package gives campus bomb scare

By Matthew Boyle |

The St. Augustine Police Department confirmed a “suspicious” package left outside the post office on Friday, Feb. 12 was not a bomb and contained clothing and personal effects.

The SAPD had blocked off parts of King Street, MLK Boulevard and Markland Place, and evacuated the Flagler College student center as a precaution.

Commander Barry Fox of the SAPD said that, to open the suspicious package safely, the St. John’s County Sheriff’s bomb squad used two “water charges,” which resulted in loud bangs.

The student center reopened at approximately 8 p.m., shortly after the package was deemed safe and not a bomb.

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