Suspicious Package At Greenville Social Security Office Deemed Safe

A suspicious package found this morning at Social Security Office has been deemed safe.

The office on Charles Boulevard in Greenville was evacuated around 10:15 a.m. after a worker noticed a book bag that no one claimed.

The 16 employees inside were evacuated and police closed off the area until a SBI bomb squad could arrive.

About the time the bomb squad was going to enter the building, the owner of the book bag returned to the Social Security Office and identified his missing bag. The SBI then went into the building and retrieved the bag.

The Social Security Office will reopen at its normal time Thursday morning.

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Emergency workers have closed down a local Social Security office after a suspicious package was found there this morning.

Greenville Police Sgt. Joe Friday says the package was discovered at the Social Security Office on Charles Boulevard around 10:15 a.m.

Police have blocked off the building's parking lot, as well as almost a block around the building.

A spokesman for Homeland Security says there were 16 employees inside when someone noticed a book bag left inside. He believes a client may have left the bag, but they have called in the State Bureau of Investigation bomb squad way just to be safe.

There is no word yet on when the office would be allowed to reopen.