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Bomb Squad blows up suspicious package

Clayton County police officers look over the remains of a suspicious package blown up by the Bomb Squad Tuesday afternoon. Officers said the mysterious package contained a radio and a calculator. 

Clayton County police officers look over the remains of a suspicious package blown up by the Bomb Squad Tuesday afternoon. Officers said the mysterious package contained a radio and a calculator. 

Clayton County police said a suspicious package blown up remotely, Tuesday afternoon by the Bomb Squad, contained a radio and a calculator.

Sgt. Otis Willis, III, said police are investigating the origin of the package and whether the shipper had malicious intentions.

"The package had nothing to do with explosives," said Willis. "It was wrapped in a UPS wrapper, and we are going to be checking with UPS to see if it was actually shipped from them."

Rush-hour traffic was re-routed along the 200 block of South Main Street in Jonesboro as police worked to remove the package and detonate it using a robot from the Bomb Squad. Jonesboro Police Chief Franklin Allen and his officers assisted in traffic control.

Willis said police got a call about 3:40 p.m., from a resident who lives near the Fayette-Clayton county line.

"She said she had a strange package delivered to her," he said. "An officer went to her home and removed the package. He was en route to the evidence room at the police department when he heard a noise from the package."

Willis said the officer, who was not identified, called his supervisor.

"The supervisor made the decision for him to pull over and call the Bomb Squad," he said.

The officer pulled into a shopping center and waited for the Bomb Squad unit to arrive. Officers used a remote robot to remove the package from the car and neutralize it, said Willis.

No one was injured in the incident and the street re-opened at about 6 p.m.