NORAD Evacuated: What Was In The Suspicious Packages?

By Staff Reporter on March 8, 2013 11:18 AM EST

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Here's a look inside the NORAD control room. The headquarters were evacuated after the discovery of suspicious packages on the agency grounds. (Photo: Creative Commons)

NORAD-NORTHCOM headquarters in Colorado were evacuated after five suspicious packages were found on the grounds.

NORAD officials said they were made aware of the suspicious packages because they felt that "something looked out of place. The Eberhardt-Findley building was evacuated for almost five hours while the packages were examined and taken away. The building houses both NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.  

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An Air Force spokesman released a statement preliminary saying that "preliminary test results of the package indicated that there was not a positive test for nuclear, biological, or chemical element contained in the package."

After examining the packages, it was determined that the content of the boxes were not dangerous. In fact, the suspicious packages only contained office supplies.

The employees of NORAD, which is a joint U.S.-Canada organization, who work in the control room were working in a backup control room miles away when the evacuation was ordered of the 1,500 employees at the headquarters. The reason for the backup control room being used is due to renovations that have been ongoing in NORAD's normal control center.

Officials sealed off a 500-foot safety area when they brought in a team of military dogs to investigate the packages. KKTV reported that security was increased in buildings near the site. The entrance to Peterson Air Force Base was closed until later this afternoon. 

During the investigation, none of NORAD-NORTHCOM's missions were not interrupted during the search and search around the grounds. 

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