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Hazmat, bomb squad go to Fedex facility

HEWITT, TX - A boxing bag in a box that was leaking something triggered a call for the Waco Fire Department Hazmat Team and the McLennan County Sheriff's Office bomb squad Thursday morning at the Fedex facility in Hewitt. 

"The timing couldn't be worse, specifically at our FEDEX facility, so you know, we have to air on the side of caution," said Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin.

The call went out about 7:45 a.m. with both teams responding to the location at 685 Alliance Parkway in Hewitt.

"We came out as a precautionary measure just because of the temperature of the things going on in the last couple of weeks, we came out and x-ray'd the package just to clear it prior to it being opened," said Captain Shawn Nixon, Special Operations with the McLennan County Sheriff's Office.

Chief Devlin said that the incident was triggered when a Fedex employee became sick while handling the package and went to the hospital.

"This is how we have to deal with these incidents when it's unknown, we have to assume that it's a major issue and then work backwards and prove that it's not," added Chief Devlin.

It was determined that there was no danger and all units had cleared the scene by 9:45 a.m.

"We cover a 13 county area, so we get called out quite often, over the last two weeks we've had numerous calls for suspicious packages just because of the things going on in Central Texas and Austin area," said Captain Nixon.


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