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.