HAMPTON, Iowa – A suspicious package led to an evacuation Monday afternoon.
Franklin County Dispatch says it got a call around 1:17 pm from the Hampton Post Office about a suspicious item in the lobby.
Authorities evacuated a one block area, rerouting Highway 3 traffic, and notified the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office.
At about 3:17 pm, the Fire Marshal and Postal Inspector declared the situation safe, reopening roads and allowing people to return to their homes. This incident remains under investigation.
Also assisting the Hampton Police Department were the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, State of Iowa DNR, Sheffield Police, City of Hampton Public Works, Hampton Fire Department, Franklin County Emergency Management, Franklin General Ambulance, and North Iowa Public Transit.
Last week, a powdery substance was located at a school in Hampton.
A text message said the substance found then was turned over to the Hampton Police Department and the school district said the North Side grounds were considered “safe.”
There is no word if the two incidents are related at this time.