Package found by K9 in Austin IRS building mail room “non-harmful”

South Austin IRS building (KXAN photo/Kate Weidaw)
South Austin IRS building (KXAN photo/Kate Weidaw)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin bomb squad members deemed a suspicious package found in the mail room of Austin’s Internal Revenue Service office as “non-harmful” Wednesday morning.

According to Austin police, an onsite dog used by the company contracted to handle the mail room alerted workers to the “shoe-sized” package around 6 a.m. at the 3651 South Interstate 35 location, near the intersection of 35 and Highway 71.

Nearly 500 people were evacuated as a precaution. A nearby day care and Veteran’s Affairs office were also evacuated but were allowed to return shortly after.

Austin officers and bomb squad members went through every room in the building before reaching the package and ultimately clearing the scene before 10 a.m. Workers were allowed to re-enter the building and resume their day at that time.

The IRS office is one of five submission processing centers across the country where businesses and individuals can have private delivery services deliver returns, extensions and payments.

IRS workers evacuated due to suspicious package found in mail room (KXAN photo/Kate Weidaw)
IRS workers evacuated due to suspicious package found in mail room (KXAN photo/Kate Weidaw)

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