Suspicious package did not pose a threat

A suspicious package behind the Tualatin City Council Chambers building caused the evacuation of city employees Monday morning but was ultimately determined to be "benign," Tualatin police say.

The Explosive Disposal Unit was called in from Portland to X-ray the parcel, which was discovered near 18880 S.W. Martinazzi Ave. shortly after 9:47 a.m. on Monday. According to Lt. Greg Pickering, the package was determined to be a plastic milk crate containing an empty mailing envelope that was addressed to the city.

The items "appeared to have been pulled out of the garbage," Pickering said.

Pedestrians and motorists were asked to avoid the area as the situation was assessed. They were allowed back on the scene by 11 a.m.

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