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No threat found in report of suspicious package at church

SOUTH WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - The report of a suspicious package at a church in Lehigh County turned out to be a false alarm.

Emergency crews, including the Allentown bomb squad, responded just before 11 a.m. to Asbury Church at Springhouse Road and Walbert Avenue in South Whitehall Township.

Officials on the scene said the item in question --  a detonator for a device from World War I that was dated 1913 --  was found in a box for the church's yard sale. 

"Authorities removed the item, searched the premises and found there to be no threat," said Aaron Forney, the church's marketing coordinator. "All activities and Sunday worship services are continuing as scheduled. Thank you to all of the first responders and authorities who assisted in keeping everyone in our building safe during today's incident."


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