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Item that caused evacuation around Hampton Post Office found to be harmless

Kitchen dial timer left on counter determined to be safe by state fire marshal

Posted: May. 18, 2018 8:08 PM

HAMPTON, Iowa - There has been an update on what caused the evacuation of a two-block radius around the Hampton Post Office earlier this month.

According to Hampton Police Chief Robert Schaefer, someone left a dial kitchen timer with a bell on a counter in the lobby of the post office on May 7th. Authorities say a post office employee thought it looked suspicious and reported it.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal later determined the device was harmless.

The evacuation lasted about 2 hours.

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