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Bomb Squad Examines Package At Bucks County Democrats’ Office


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Bucks County Detectives, the FBI,  the Montgomery County Bomb Squad, and the Bucks County Hazardous Incident Response Team were alerted after a suspicious package was discovered Thursday in the mail at the Bucks County Democratic Committee office in Doylestown Borough.

Bucks County Democratic Committee Executive Director Steve Warhola told LevittownNow.com that he arrived at the office on Court Street in the morning to find a package that looked off. He did not open it and waited until staff and volunteers arrived. After consulting with them, he called the police non-emergency number and officers from the Central Bucks Regional Police Department responded.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said the bomb squad and additional law enforcement were called to investigate the package. The bomb squad showed up around 1 p.m. and examined the package.

“After a brief investigation, the report ultimately was determined to be unfounded,” the district attorney’s office said.

The scene was cleared by law enforcement at 1:44 p.m.

The package was later determined to contain campaign-related communications, Warhola said.

“We were taking every precaution in the world,” he said, adding that he was thankful for the work of law enforcement at the scene.

The scare comes a week after federal authorities arrested a Florida man who allegedly was behind mailing 14 improvised explosive devices to Democratic leaders and critics of Republican President Donald Trump. The man believed political conspiracy theories and had reportedly sent threatening tweets online in the past.

Warhola said the recent incident did come into his mind when he spotted the package.


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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001