'Suspicious' books cancel classes
By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer
A box containing paperbacks was reported as a "suspicious package" in an incident that canceled classes at South Hagerstown High School and the Alternative Learning Center.
First noticed by a school custodian at 6:30 a.m., the package was on the steps approaching the front door of South High on South Potomac Street.
"It was neatly and tightly wrapped in newspaper," said Hagerstown Fire Marshal John Hersh. "The box was a little bigger than a brick and just smaller than a shoebox."
Jim Woods, a bomb technician with the Maryland Fire Marshal's office, responded from his Hagerstown home.
Wearing full bomb gear, Woods approached the front steps from the command post that had been set up in the south parking lot of the school.