Suspicious package prompts evacuation of Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office while the Democratic presidential candidate is in New York
- A suspicious package at Bernie Sanders’ Senate offices in Burlington, Vermont prompted an evacuation to take place
- The state police bomb squad truck was parked outside for most of the afternoon
- Investigators say a suspicious package was mailed to the senator’s office
- Bomb squad were called at 11:45pm but the building wasn’t evacuated until 4pm
A suspicious package at Senator Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office saw the premises evacuated on Thursday.
Burlington police later said the suspicious package was not an explosive device and had been deemed ‘harmless.’
Sanders was not at his office because he was recording The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in New York, several hundred miles away.
A suspicious package at Bernie Sanders’ Senate offices in Burlington prompted an evacuation to take place
nThe state police bomb squad truck was parked outside for most of the afternoon
Police in Vermont gave regular updates on Twitter as to exactly what was going on
Police say it is unclear what was inside the package and who sent it.
The U.S. Post Office is to launch an investigation.
Investigators were called at around 11:45am but the building wasn’t evacuated until 4pm.
Burlington Deputy Police Jon Murad described to WCAX what may have prompted the evacuation.
‘Addresses that are slightly off or people who are the intended recipient of the device who no longer work at the office,’ Murad said.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders was far away from Vermont as he was recording The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in New York
Burlington Deputy Police Jon Murad described a number of reasons as to why the package was deemed suspicious
‘They include packages that have had too much postage put on them. They include packages that have been taped or closed in strange ways. They include packages that may have both signage or symbolism on the exterior that are indicative of trouble or of messages that are beyond what a normal package would have and make the package suspicious.
‘I can’t talk about this specific one simply because it is an ongoing investigation. However, I will say that it met many of those things and that was why we spent a lot of time looking at it,’ Murad said.
It’s the second time in a month that authorities have investigated packages sent to Sanders’ offices.
Another suspicious package was sent to his offices on September 11th. It also turned out to be a false alarm.
The bomb squad were on site from 11:45am and didn’t leave until close to 4pm
Sen. Bernie Sanders made no mention of the bomb threat during his interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Thursday