A suspicious package spotted outside a Dumpster at Fort Greely on Wednesday afternoon led to an emergency response, but it was just old training materials that probably were dragged out by a curious raven, an installation spokeswoman said.
Someone reported the material outside a trash container at a housing building around 3:15 p.m. Emergency personnel arrived. Areas were cordoned off. People were directed to take alternative routes.
"It was properly disposed but we have a problem sometimes with the Dumpster doors being open and then the ravens get (the trash) out," said Deborah Coble, public affairs officer. "So when someone saw it sitting next to the Dumpster, it was called in."
The base is home to one of only two U.S. installations where ground-based, mid-course missile defense interceptors are deployed.
By 4:30 p.m., the situation was over. It was a good training exercise, she said.
"Actually August is Antiterrorism Awareness Month for the military and so people are generally on high alert," Coble said. "We've been saying that if you see something, say something, report it."
And someone did.
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