BREAKING: State education building secured after ‘suspicious package’ scare

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Albany police temporarily blocked off the street outside the state Education Building after a “suspicious package” was left unattended by a Xerox delivery person late Thursday morning.

An onlooker spotted the package, a large box sitting on a handcart, on the sidewalk outside the building at around 11:30 a.m. and called 911. Albany police tracked down the delivery person, who apologized for leaving the package unattended.

Police barred access to a block of Washington Avenue and directed pedestrians to walk around or through the state Capitol to State Street. In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Jerry Jennings said local officials were concerned the package might contain explosive devices.

A police dog trained to sniff for bombs examined the package, and then police announced it was not suspicious. Jennings said it contained paper and other Xerox materials.

“We have to take these precautions, unfortunately, in this day and age, and we’ll continue to do what we have to do,” Mayor Jerry Jennings said Thursday.

Police did not evacuate the education department building.

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