Originally created 07/03/05

Vibrating package gets Bluffton buzzing

BLUFFTON, S.C. - Call it a case of bad vibrations.

A suspicious vibrating package prompted police to evacuate a South Carolina coastal community's post office and several surrounding businesses last week for more than two hours while a bomb squad stepped in.

What they found was battery-powered and very, very personal.

"I told you it was a vibrator," yelled one postal worker on his way back into the building after the bomb scare finally ended.

The package was reported to police after it began making a strange noise when postal workers tossed it into a sorting bin.

A few workers guessed what was inside but had no way of being sure.

So they evacuated the building while local police and sheriff's deputies rushed to the scene and roped off the area.

The bomb squad finally arrived by helicopter and rushed inside with their gear. Their exploration was over in minutes and ended in laughter and relief.

Bluffton Police Chief John Brown said the effort wasn't really a waste of time because it turned out to be good practice for a real emergency.

"It's bad that it happened, but it also showed us how our resources came together at a moment's notice," he said. "It's better to be safe than sorry."


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