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Suspicious package shuts down downtown

A suspicious package was found on the steps of the Webster Parish courthouse Tuesday morning. Downtown is currently blocked off while sheriff’s deputies wait for the bomb squad to arrive. “They X-rayed it and saw a suspicious looking spring,” said Chief Cropper of the Minden police. “It didn’t look like a detonator, but what they’re going to do is blow it up.” The person who left the package (and then returned to modify it) was caught on video, and authorities are currently working to identify the man from the video.

UPDATE: The package was exploded by the bomb squad, and downtown traffic has returned to normal. When more details are known, another story will be published.