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Salt Lake police deem suspicious package at Utah ACLU office 'safe'

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Aug. 13, 2019 at 12:50 p.m. | Posted - Aug. 13, 2019 at 11:54 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A suspicious package left outside an office in Salt Lake Tuesday morning turned out to be full of papers and was deemed safe, police said.

Police shut down 300 West between 300 North and 500 North as they investigated the package left outside the office of the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, 355 N. 300 West. The area reopened shortly before 1 p.m., Salt Lake police detective Greg Wilking said.

Police received a report of the suspicious package about 11 a.m., and the office was evacuated, though Wilking did not know how many people were working in the building.

The package did not look like one that the office workers were familiar with or expecting and did not have any writing on the outside, as most of the incoming packages do, Wilking said.

The package was also dropped off in a way that is not typical for the office. It was left outside of the building, near the front door, which raised suspicion, Wilking said. A courier typically notifies the office when a package has been delivered, but that did not happen Tuesday morning, he added.

The ACLU office receives threats from time to time, so employees take precautions, Wilking said. He was not aware of any recent threats the office had received, though.

After X-raying the package and determining it was a stack of papers, police said the package was safe. Wilking did not elaborate on the nature of the papers.

No other information about the situation was immediately available.

Jacob Klopfenstein

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