ATF evidence causes federal building evacuation

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- An evacuation of the federal building in Jackson has been called off after suspicious materials turned out to be evidence shipped by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

ATF Special Agent Michael Knight says Friday's delivery to the Ed Jones Federal building was labeled properly by the agency's lab, but when screeners looked at the material through an X-ray, they contacted police.

Jackson Police Lt. J.D. Hale said it is standard procedure for security to call the department if screeners detect suspicious packages.

The ATF's Knight said the agency appreciates screeners taking a close look. But in his words: "In the end, it was something that was legitimate."


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