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Part of the Texas Capitol was evacuated after a suspicious package was found Tuesday

The Texas Capitol.
The Texas Capitol. atinsley@star-telegram.com

Some offices in the Texas Capitol were evacuated for about two hours on Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious package was found, according to several lawmakers.

Rep. Matt Schaefer said in a tweet that his office was one of those that evacuated.

Austin police told the Austin American-Statesman that they responded to a call of a suspicious package at the intersection of Lavaca and West 13th streets at 1:19 p.m.

Two hallways in the underground extension of the Capitol were cleared.

At 3:30 p.m., the Department of Public Safety confirmed to the Star-Telegram that the Capitol was reopened.

“The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to a suspicious package and letter that were delivered to a state representative’s office at the Texas Capitol today,” the department said. “DPS officers, including the DPS Squad, responded to the scene, and a limited area of the Capitol Extension was evacuated as a precautionary measure.”

No credible threat was found, the DPS said.

The package was discovered days after a man in Florida was arrested for sending mail bombs to critics of President Donald Trump.

Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Fla., was taken into custody Friday morning by F.B.I. agents.

Explosive devices found were addressed to Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey; James R. Clapper Jr., the former director of national intelligence and a commentator on CNN; former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.; the actor Robert De Niro; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; former President Barack Obama; Rep. Maxine Waters of California; Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., according to The New York Times.

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