During the hours of Tuesday morning, several suspicious packages described as having "wires coming out" forced an evacuation for Florida's Waterford Lakes Town Center.
Alert after the Boston bombing, nearby businesses took cover as well, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Fortunately, each of the four packages were deemed safe by a bomb squad investigation. Reportedly, two of them even turned out to be nothing but bags of tools!
The official Twitter account for the sheriff's department kept everyone in the loop, saying:
— OrangeCounty Florida (@OrangeCoSheriff) April 23, 2013
Among the businesses evacuated, officials report that a children's day care led their little ones to local movie theater, where parents were urged to pick them up.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings held a briefing shortly after where he reassured citizens that none of the suspicious packages were threatening to the community.
All of the evacuations have been lifted and the roads have been re-opened.
Thankfully NOTHING horrendous came from this ordeal, but the growing cloud of fear is unsettling. We wish peace could re-occupy the hearts and minds of the world, but we admit it's easier said than done in these times.
Better safe than sorry… right??
[Image courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez-Buxedfa/Orlando Sentinel.]