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Suspicious package turns out to be school supplies

A suspicious package at the Sonabank branch at Gloucester Point had Route 17 traffic detoured for about two and a half hours Friday morning.

An explosive ordinance team from the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown worked with the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office to access the package, which turned out to be a drawstring bag containing school supplies, according to GSO Lt. Jamie Sharp.

Sharp said the bank was conducting a school supply collection drive and the bag was apparently dropped off when the bank was closed.

The incident began around 8:33 a.m. Friday when the GSO said it received a complaint about a suspicious package on the premises of the bank, located at 1953 George Washington Memorial Highway. 

The GSO said the bank and its cleaning personnel were not associated with the package, so the bank was secured and businesses in the immediate area were evacuated as a matter of protocol. 

Traffic on Route 17 was rerouted to Hayes Road at Tidemill Road and Bellehaven Dri...

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