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Sheriff: Latest 'suspicious package' found on Anderson Co. roadside was false alarm

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Deputies block off area where suspicious object located in Anderson Co. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina) Deputies block off area where suspicious object located in Anderson Co. (2/6/18 FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Sheriff Chad McBride said the latest suspicious object that was found on the side of an Anderson County road Tuesday evening ended up being a false alarm.

Hard Hillhouse Drive at Norris Road was blocked off as deputies worked to learn more about the object Tuesday night just after 10 p.m.. Deputies at the scene confirmed it was something suspicious, but could not immediately provide any additional details.

On Wednesday, McBride said the item found Tuesday night was not a threat.

A spokesman for the FBI confirmed agents were also called out to the scene on Hard Hillhouse Drive but determined it was not connected to their investigation into the device that exploded in Starr.

Investigators said the sheriff's office has been receiving an increasing number of calls about suspicious packages since the initial incidents in Starr, but all have been unfounded.

Lt. Robert Gebing said most of the items were found to be trash or debris that had made its way onto the roadway.

Tuesday night's call was at least the fourth suspicious package call in Anderson County since an incident involving an exploded device on Jan. 31.

The first suspicious package was found in the middle off the intersection of Martin and Travis Roads in Starr. Deputies said a man suffered minor injuries when he opened the wicker basket he came across in the road and a device inside detonated. The FBI was called in to help determine what kind of device was in the basket.

Deputies said the FBI is also assisting with an investigation after a second package was found on Richland Drive and Highway 29.

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Then, on Tuesday morning, deputies were called to two additional reports of suspicious packages along US 29 and Broadway Lake Road. 

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Gebing said the increase in calls shows the community is being vigilant and keeping an eye out for possible threats.

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