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Police find suspicious package "not a risk"

Ina Ronquillo

Capt. Barrett Baker tells KGUN9 that HazMat has been dispatched to a motel near 29th Street and 6th Avenue to investigate the suspicious package.

Police find suspicious package "not a risk"

CREATED Sep. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Sep. 24, 2013

SOUTH TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Authorities investigated a suspicious package Tuesday outside a motel in South Tucson.

Lt. Jeff Inorio with South Tucson Police tells KGUN9 the package was called in by an employee at the Paradise Motel in the 1700 block of South 6th Avenue.

The employee had gone into a storage room and found something wrapped in plastic. The package had wires sticking out of it. He took the device outside and called police, said Inorio.

Bomb squad responded and the motel was evacuated.

The bomb squad x-rayed the suspicious device and found it was a cloth bag filled with a white powder, wrapped in plastic with an electrical wire protruding out of the package.

The powder was analyzed and identified as Gypsum. Police determined that the packages were used in the 1960's to line a trench before a galvanized water pipe was inserted into the ground.

The package was determined safe and not a risk.