'Suspicious package' found at Flagler County courthouse turns out to be newspapers, deputies say

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A suspicious package that was found by an employee at the entrance to the Flagler County courthouse Thursday morning has been rendered safe by a law enforcement bomb squad, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the package turned out to be newspapers that were reportedly delivered during the night, raising concerns, security footage showed.

The incident prompted a heavy police presence at the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center on E Moody Boulevard in Bunnell.

The courthouse and surrounding parking lot were evacuated, and the FCSO Mobile Command Center was set up to evaluate the scene. The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office's bomb squad responded and determined the item was safe.

Investigators later learned that a delivery driver for the Palm Coast Observer delivered a box of newspapers packaged in a black garbage bag to the wrong building.