Suspicious Package Causes Gas Station Evacuation

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Slidell police and the St Tammany Parish SWAT Team investigated a suspicious package discovered at a gas station.

It was found beside a gas pump.  The sheriff’s office says it was a bag of fertilizer.  As a precaution, the business was evacuated and a safety perimeter established.

“We don’t know if it was intended for a joke or somebody was filling up this morning and left it for no reason as a way to discard the item.  I’m not sure,” said Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith.

The gas station is in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart on Natchez Drive.

Even though the gas station was evacuated, the Wal-Mart remained open during the investigation.

The official all clear was given by police Tuesday afternoon.