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Sarasota Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 1 week ago

Report of suspicious package leads to Saturday road closure

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Investigators discover nothing dangerous in a package delivered to shipping company.

Sarasota Police closed a segment of Tamiani Trail near Sarasota Memorial Hospital on Saturday to investigate a report of a suspicious package at a shipping company office.

The highway was closed between Hillview and Datura streets from about 3 p.m. to around 4 p.m. as officers from the department’s Explosive Materials Unit examined the package. They ultimately discovered nothing dangerous.

Police said they received a call  earlier in the afternoon from employees of a FedEx location in the 1900 block of Tamiami Trail about a package that had been delivered around 1:30 p.m.

Based on the employee reports, the store and immediate area were evacuated and the thoroughfare was closed.

No charges are expected to be filed in connection with the incident.

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