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Suspicious package at CN office found harmless

A package that caused concern at the CN Railroad facility in Homewood had been deemed harmless, and a CN spokesman called the incident a “false alarm.”

 

A package that caused concern at the CN Railroad facility in Homewood had been deemed harmless, and a CN spokesman called the incident a “false alarm.”

At about 9 a.m. Thursday, Homewood Police and Fire Department personnel responded to a caller reporting a suspicious package at the facility at 17641 Ashland Ave., according to a police department press release.

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Homewood police and CN’s own police officers evacuated the CN offices and surrounding buildings as a precautionary measure. 

Traffic was diverted away from the area, and a Homewood Public Works truck blocked northbound access to Ashland Avenue as late as 10 a.m.

“Police responded to reports of a suspicious package which was found to be harmless,” CN spokesman Jonathan Abecassis said in an email. 

“Police also performed a sweep of the building as a precautionary measure. CN would like to thank the first responders who were present at the scene.”

Abecassis said the evacuation caused a temporary service disruption for CN’s network in the United States, but it has now resumed normal operation.

The incident is under investigation.

 

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