Santa Fe police investigate suspicious package
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SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe police shut down Washington Avenue between East Palace Avenue and Marcy Street following a report of a suspicious package Thursday afternoon.
Deputy Chief Ben Valdez said the package was found near the Hotel Chimayo at 125 Washington Avenue.
Officers secured the area around 1 p.m. Thursday. Several buildings were either asked to shelter in place or were voluntarily evacuated, and an emergency message was sent out via the Alert Santa Fe System.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, police shared an update saying there is no active threat.
Authorities said the device they found appeared to be an intentional hoax, since it resembled an improvised explosive device.
The device was collected as evidence. The investigation is ongoing.
This is a developing story. Stay with KOB 4 Eyewitness News and KOB.com for updates.
If you are within the road closure area, remain indoors & follow instructions from SFPD Personnel.— Santa Fe PD (@santafepolice) July 13, 2023
If you are within the road closure area & need assistance, call Dispatch @ 505-428-3710 or 911 in an emergency.
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