Suspicious package at Lewisburg Walmart contained blankets, person responsible still to be questioned

West Virginia

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WVNS) On her way to the State Fair of West Virginia, Jennifer Maghan stopped at the Walmart in Lewisburg to grab some water and noticed something strange.

“I went to put the shopping cart away and saw a big red package that said ‘Merry Christmas’ in the shipping cart corral,” Maghan said. “I said ‘Oh, that doesn’t look good.’”

After she saw the suspicious package, she told Walmart employees, who then contacted the Lewisburg Police Department.

Police Chief, Chris Teubert, said they called in additional resources who are equipped to handle potentially harmful packages. The bomb squad in Martinsburg arrived at 1:30 p.m.

“The bomb tech arrived on scene and did his testing,” Teubert said. “The package was safe and business was reopened at about 2 o’clock p.m.”

Inside the suspicious package were hand-made blankets.

Lewisburg Police said they have video of the person responsible for dropping off the package.

“In today’s day and age, people just need to think when they’re discarding a large box like that in a public place,” Teubert said. “It gave cause for concern for the citizen who reported it, Walmart management, as well as us.”

Although the package was not a legitimate threat, Maghan believed she made the right call.

“I guess that’s good if it potentially saved lives,” Maghan said. “If not, at least bringing awareness. You can’t be aloof when things are lying around in unusual places. You always need to be aware of your surroundings.”

This is a developing story, and we will continue to update it on WOWKTV.com, the WOWK 13 News App, and on 13 News on air.

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