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GOLDSBORO, NC (AP) — A suspicious package left outside a North Carolina courthouse and jail that were evacuated as a precaution was not a bomb.

Wayne County Sheriff Carey Winders said Monday an Air Force bomb squad robot tore into a suspicious package left outside an entrance to the Goldsboro building that houses the courts, county offices, and the jail.

Winders says the package was made to look like a bomb and is being checked for evidence that could point to who was behind it.

The sheriff says some of the jail’s more than 200 inmates were moved to a section protected by a thick wall and hundreds of people who work in the county buildings were prevented from entering.

Winders says neighboring Seymour Johnson Air Force Base provided its bomb squad.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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