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All clear given after suspicious package determined to be safe

A very active scene around a central Kentucky post office Monday morning, after a suspicious package caused officials to call in bomb squads.

Just after 7 a.m., police were alerted of the package at the post office on South Main Street in Nicholasville.

Police blocked off the area to investigate.

Investigators later determined an electronic component of a fire door was inside the box.

It was nothing hazardous, but the situation had some on edge.

For several hours, officials shut down several blocks of South Main Street.

"I got in the back way, came out the front, and was told everyone must remain inside," John Lee, who had to stay inside nearby St. Luke's Catholic Church during the scare, said.

Bomb squads from both Lexington Police and Kentucky State Police responded.

Officials say someone driving by the post office spotted the red, shoebox sized package in front of the building and called police.

Police then decided to get a hazardous devices unit on the scene.

Bomb squads later sent responders and their robots to check out the package.

The robots successfully x-rayed the package, and determined the box needed to be destroyed.

Officials say x-rays showed electronic materials, and they wanted to err on the side of caution.

An electronic part that goes on a door is all that was in the box.

Police opened up South Main Street to traffic just before noon.

Investigators say they do not know how the box got there, where it came from, or where it was going.

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