Suspicious bag outside county building held clothes


Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 2:34 p.m.

(Update at 2:34 p.m.): Authorities have issued an all clear after closing streets around the Alachua County Administration building this afternoon after a suspicious bag was found by the front door.

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Authorities investigate a suspicious bag at the Alachua County Administration Building Tuesday afternoon, July 15, 2014.

Monivette Cordeiro / The Gainesville Sun

A portable X-ray screening of the briefcase showed it contains clothes, according to Gainesville Police.

Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said that someone called about a black bag that was abandoned at the doorway of the administration building at 12 SE First St. around 1 p.m.

(Original story): Authorities are investigating a suspicious bag that was left outside the front door of the Alachua County Administration Building Tuesday afternoon.

Officials have not ordered a mandatory evacuation, but have given employees in the building the option to leave, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Ben Tobias said.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office bomb squad has taken a portable X-ray of the briefcase and contents are being analyzed, GPD said.

Traffic remains blocked in the area around the building.

Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said that someone called about a black bag that was abandoned at the doorway of the administration building at 12 SE First St. around 1 p.m.

Officials have not determined what is inside the bag, but are getting bomb experts to take a look at it, he said.

Tobias said that the original call described the bag as a leather briefcase.

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