Dept. of Health deemed safe after suspicious package forces evacuation


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Employees at the Rhode Island Department of Health were allowed back in the building after a suspicious package forced a nearly 2-hour evacuation Thursday.

A spokesperson confirmed for Eyewitness News that 3 Capitol Hill was evacuated out of an “abundance of caution” around 10:30 a.m. after an unidentified liquid was discovered in the mail.

The health department said State Police and HAZMAT were on the scene and the situation was under control.

An Eyewitness News crew on scene said the envelope has been removed from the building and could be seen on the ground outside.

Shortly before 1 p.m., the health department Tweeted that the building was deemed safe and workers were allowed back inside.

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