Suspicious Package Near Hospital Was Box Of Phone Books

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BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) – A suspicious package that forced the evacuations of two medical buildings near St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Monday morning in Belleville turned out to be just a box of phone books.

Belleville Police Chief Bill Clay says a little after 8:00am Monday a worker noticed the package just outside the door of the Medical Arts Building near the hospital on South Third.

Belleville police were called in and they requested the assistance of the bomb squad from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

Experts arrived on the scene, x-rayed the device and found it to have no explosives. The box was then opened to reveal the phone books.

Apparently the phone books were delivered by a special courier over the weekend and because of that nobody knew about them.

Nobody was hurt and everyone was allowed back into the buildings about 11:30am.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was itself never evacuated.

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