Suspicious package reveals only magazines

Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2000

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A suspicious package sent to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Ketchikan turned out to contain classical music magazines instead of the explosives officials feared.

Police cordoned off the street around the INS office Tuesday and called in an Army bomb squad from Anchorage after an agent called in a report around the package, said Deputy Police Chief Mike Hunter. The package had been sent from an organization in Idaho called The Herald of Truth that nobody in the office was familiar with.

''This could be literature,'' Hunter said. ''It could be pound cake. But why screw with it?''

The alert was called off after the INS discovered that the father of an agent had ordered a big stack of magazines for his son over the Internet, Supervisory Immigration Officer Tim Staebell said.



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