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UPDATE: Suspicious holiday packages empty, harmless

A 28-foot tall Colorado blue spruce lights up Vernon Street Friday, December 2, 2005 in downtown Roseville.
A 28-foot tall Colorado blue spruce lights up Vernon Street Friday, December 2, 2005 in downtown Roseville. Sacramento Bee file photo

The Roseville Police Department’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team inspected a trio of suspicious holiday packages Thursday morning, but ultimately concluded that they were empty.

The city’s Christmas tree, which stands in the town square near City Hall on Vernon Street, is usually surrounded by prop wooden presents placed there by the city, said police department spokesperson Dee Dee Gunther. This morning at 8:21 a.m., a passerby saw a wrapped package unlike the others and reported it to the police.

Officers arrived shortly after to search the scene and found two similar packages near the downtown post office – one inside the building and one outside of it. They called members of the EOD team to inspect the suspicious packages, Gunther said.

Police evacuated and closed off the 300 block of Vernon Street and asked city employees to stay indoors while the team inspected the items. The items were deemed safe just after 11 a.m.

The wrapped packages were empty, said Gunther. Police suspect they were placed at a different display in the “Christmas tree grove” in the town square and were blown over to the 300 block by the wind.

“There doesn’t appear to be any malicious intent here,” she said.

Sammy Caiola: 916-321-1636, @SammyCaiola

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