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GBI detonates suspicious package in downtown Bainbridge

GBI, Bainbridge Public Safety respond to bomb threat in Bainbridge
Posted at 1:39 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 17:30:48-04

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Bainbridge Public Safety says the city is safe following a scare, involving a suspicious package.

The concern shut down the town square for about an hour.

Many people heard and felt the explosion outside the courthouse. That was actually the professionals detonating the package on purpose.

On Thursday afternoon, a mail carrier found a package wrapped in plastic inside the courthouse mailbox. He alerted the postmaster who, in turn, called GBI to assess the situation.

The Bomb Disposal Unit arranged for a controlled explosion. BPS officers marked and collected the evidence that scattered.

After a closer look, it does not appear that the package contained a bomb. BPS may still go through surveillance footage to see if someone was trying to tamper with the outgoing mail.

BPS officers urge you to be aware of suspicious people near mailboxes or drop boxes.

They say that kind of activity should be reported immediately.

Anyone who may have seen a person lingering around the mail receptacle located at West and Water Streets over the last 48 hours is asked to call Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-248-2038 or submit an anonymous tip here.

Authorities are continuing to investigate after detonating a suspicious package that was found in a mailbox outside the Bainbridge courthouse.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Bainbridge Public Safety are on scene after being alerted to a bomb threat in downtown Bainbridge near Willis Park.

Officials say they were called to the scene in reference to the threat of a bomb located in an outdoor mailbox on the courthouse lawn.

That suspicious package has now been detonated within a controlled environment by the GBI. They will now analyze the package to determine its contents.

The downtown area is now being reopened to pedestrians and traffic, except at the corner of Water and West streets.

This is a developing story. We have a reporter headed to the scene.