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State Police investigate suspicious package at ABB

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Virginia State Police protocol included a bomb-suited law enforcement officer to investigate the suspicious package.
SoVaNow.com / August 05, 2014
At approximately 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, the emergency call came into the Virginia State Police from the ABB Halifax County plant, located at 2135 Philpott Rd.

According to VSP First Sgt. Jeff Lane, "We received a call about a suspicious package that was received in the mail by an employee at the facility."

The main office building, which is located adjacent to the small power transformers manufacturing facility, was blocked off to the public and ABB employees by VSP and Halifax County Sheriff's deputies for approximately three and a half hours as the VSP conducted the investigation.

However, the police investigation did not interrupt production or shipping/receiving at ABB as freight trucks delivered goods through the main plant's entrance and ABB plant employees arrived for their shifts.

ABB general plant manager Petter Fiskerud released a statement regarding the main office building, "ABB evacuated the South Boston facility today in response to a potentially unsafe situation. The safety of employees is always our first priority and we are cooperating with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation of the incident."

Lane explained that although the package itself was suspicious in nature, the VSP rendered the package safe through law enforcement measures and concluded their investigation at approximately 4:17 p.m. He added that the incident was now an internal matter for ABB.

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