Bombs or Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) can be designed to resemble common packages, bags, or other household items.

If you encounter a suspicious package, backpack, or other item that looks abandoned or that you are not expecting the following indicators may be some, but not all, of the signs that a package may pose a danger.

  • Protruding wires, leaks, stains, or strange odors, etc.
  • Excessive tape, string or twine.
  • Oily spots, discolorations, or crystallization on the wrapper.
  • Excessive postage or no postage.
  • Addressing mistakes and issues, including misspelled words, badly typed or written addresses, wrong titles with names, no return addresses, etc.

If you see one or more of these tell-tale signs, you should:

  • STOP...don’t handle the item.
  • Don’t open, smell, or taste it.
  • Isolate the package immediately.
  • Call 911 and notify your supervisor.

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