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Surprise Package From Austin, TX Brings Bomb Squad To Washington Township

The Bomb Squad deployed its robotic bomb scanner. The Bomb Squad deployed its robotic bomb scanner.
The Bomb Squad deployed its robotic bomb scanner. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Washington Township PD
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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Authorities summoned the bomb squad Monday night after a Washington Township homeowner received what was initially considered a suspicious package from Austin, TX.

The package turned out to be an unexpected family photo with an Austin postmark, responders told Daily Voice.

The homeowner became concerned because of a series of recent package explosions in the Texas city in which two people were killed and a 75-year-old woman seriously injured.  

Two occurred within hours of one another on Monday. The other was on March 2. Authorities in Texas believe all three were connected.

Following Monday's call 8 p.m. in Washington Township, the Bergen County Sheriff's Bomb Squad used a remote device to examine the package and found it harmless.

Responders to the Yorktowne Court townhouse off Cambridge Drive also included local police, firefighters and EMS workers.

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