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Suspicious package on Mapleville Road not hazardous

May 25, 2012

SMITHSBURG, Md. — A blue liquid found inside a suspicious package on a Mapleville Road driveway Thursday night proved not to be hazardous, according to a Washington County emergency service official.

The liquid had a neutral pH, had no odor or any other indication it was hazardous, Deputy Emergency Services Director Charlie Summers said Friday.

The black package found shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday on the 21000 block of Mapleville Road was about 1-foot wide and 1-foot deep and had the word “contaminants” written on it, fire officials said on Thursday.

A bomb squad from the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and used a robot to X-ray the package.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said Thursday night that the inspection ruled out any explosives being in the package, and it was turned over to a hazardous materials team for disposal.

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