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UPDATED: 'Suspicious' Device was Marketing Package

Austin Prep was evacuated and a reverse 911 call sent out to residents in the area of the school Wednesday.

At 4:23 Wednesday, was evacuated due to a suspicious device. The Massachusetts State Police Hazards Device Squad,  and the reported to the scene to investigate.

The suspicious package was mailed to Austin Prep. The Reading Police and Fire Department evacuated the school and secured the area where the package was. When the Massachusetts State Police Hazards Device Squad arrived they inspected the package with x-ray and photograph equipment.

Upon investigation, police found that the package was safe and sent by a marketing company in Minnesota. 

Lisa Letourneau April 04, 2012 at 10:18 PM
interesting that you say a reverse 911 call was sent out because we didn't get one until the all clear..never got one that there was a problem..found out from Channel 7's facebook and the helicopter that was circling my house for about an hour!
Ashley Troutman April 04, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I was told that a reversed call was sent out that said, "School has been evacuated. Bomb squad on site."
Lisa Letourneau April 05, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Interesting if it was we never got the first one..just the second one...
Vicki Fortin April 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
and we never got any one, i found out here today
Ashley Troutman April 05, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Residents in the Austin Prep area were the only ones to receive the reverse 911 call or Everbridge message. If you would like to sign up to receive Everbridge messages, call Town Hall and ask for the Town Manager’s Office or call the Reading Police Department and ask for Andrew Scribner Maclean.
C April 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
If the area was evacuated how come there was a photographer on site to snap pictures? I wouldn't take that assignment

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