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Suspicious packages wrapped like Christmas gifts were empty, authorities say

(WYDaily/Courtesy Capt. Troy Lyons)
(WYDaily/Courtesy Capt. Troy Lyons)

Update 5:05 p.m. Monday:

Two suspicious packages on a beach in Yorktown turned out to be empty and non-explosive Monday afternoon.

Upon further investigation, the Newport News bomb squad determined the two boxes wrapped like Christmas gifts were both empty, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

Water Street has reopened to traffic.

Original story:

A bomb squad is investigating after two boxes wrapped like Christmas presents were discovered on a beach Monday afternoon in Yorktown.

Authorities responded to the scene around 3 p.m. after a passerby reported two packages sitting on a piece of driftwood on the beach behind the Watermen’s Museum, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Capt. Troy Lyons said.

Someone had written “SOS 911” in the sand near the boxes, which are both wrapped like Christmas presents and have a bow tied around them.

“So, we are treating them as suspicious packages,” Lyons said.

As of 4:10 p.m., the Newport News bomb squad was on scene working to x-ray the packages to determine if they are explosives, Lyons said.

The boxes are located slightly upriver from the Watermen’s Museum, between the museum and Mathews Street, Lyons said.

The section of Water Street near the Watermen’s Museum, from the Coleman Bridge overpass to Mathews Street, is closed as authorities investigate.

Lyons said there is no estimated time for when the road will open back up.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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