'Suspicious package' in Hillsboro not bomb, but lunch
After evacuating Washington County buildings nearby, the Washington County Sheriff's Office investigated an unknown package Tuesday afternoon, March 13, and found it to be non-threatening.
The Sheriff's Office, the Hillsboro Police Department and a bomb squad from the Portland Police Bureau determined that a "suspicious package" — an object wrapped in a bag and left on the sidewalk near the Washington County Courthouse — was actually a packaged lunch.
"No bomb found, someone is without their lunch today," the Sheriff's Office reported on Twitter at 2:07 p.m.
Acting out of what Sgt. Bob Ray described as an abundance of caution, the Sheriff's Office ordered a "partial evacuation" of the Washington County Courthouse and closed off a section of North First Avenue in Hillsboro early Tuesday afternoon.
"We don't know what it is," said Ray at the time. "It was left on the sidewalk."
In a Twitter post at 12:44 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff's Office advised people to avoid the area.
First Avenue was closed between Main and Jackson streets in downtown Hillsboro, according to Ray.
County offices are set to re-open to the public at 3 p.m. following the all-clear.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information on the object, including to note that it is not dangerous.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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