Rowan Co. Health Department briefly evacuated after man leaves 2 suspicious packages

Rowan County Health Department evacuated after man leaves 2 suspicious packages

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — The Rowan County Health Department was temporarily evacuated on Tuesday while officers investigated two suspicious packages, according to Salisbury police.

The incident started just after 10:30 a.m. when a man dropped off two packages at the health department on E. Innes Street in Salisbury.

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The man reportedly told staff the packages were “important and valuable” and he had to leave them there. He put the packages down and then took off running through the parking lot, officials said.

Officers then evacuated the building and shut down the health department’s parking lot. They blocked off both Faith Road and Innes Street from Avalon Drive to Jake Alexander Boulevard.

Salisbury police said the Cabarrus County Bomb Squad was called to help investigate.


From Chopper 9 Skyzoom, bomb squad members could be seen assembling in the parking lot and sending a robot into the building.

Just after 1 p.m., officials told Channel 9 that the bomb squad had removed the packages and no incendiary devices were found. They said the packages turned out to be just bags of clothes.

No other information has been released.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with for updates.

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