Main Street in Warren reopened after suspicious package turns out to be flag rolled up in cardboard

Posted July 21, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
Last modified July 21, 2014, at 2:58 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A section of Main Street was closed for several hours Monday as police responded to a report of a suspicious package in a mailbox.

In the end, Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison said the package turned out to be a small U.S. flag wrapped up in a cardboard paper towel tube.

The sheriff said the closure and evacuation of several homes was done as a precaution, and the state police bomb squad was called in.

The sheriff said a youth opened his family’s roadside mailbox and spotted an item, took a photo with his camera phone and emailed it to his mother asking her what the object was. She then contacted the sheriff’s office at 8:30 a.m., Dennison said.

The house is located near the Warren library.

A portion of the road between Four Rod Road and Georges River Terrace was closed.

The mailbox was checked and the item was inspected. The sheriff said two 8-year-old boys had been playing with the items and placed them in the mailbox. She said it does not appear the action was done with malicious intent.

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