2 suspicious items lead to brief scares in NC

North Carolina - DURHAM, NC (AP) - Things are returning to normal in Durham after two morning scares led authorities to evacuate homes and businesses in central North Carolina.

A spokeswoman with the Durham Police Department said Tuesday that neither of the suspicious items that authorities went to investigate were a threat.

Authorities had evacuated homes after someone reported finding a mortar in a yard. Durham Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said the mortar was not live.

A suspicious package found about a mile away from the mortar led authorities to evacuate a building and shut down streets. Michael says a bomb squad determined the package found in front of a North Carolina Department of Revenue office was not dangerous.

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