Suspicious Package at OC Courthouse Sends Four to Hospital

(CN) – A suspicious package prompted the bomb squad and hazmat team to search an Orange County, California, courtroom Thursday afternoon.

Four people were evaluated by emergency officials. A deputy and a court employee who were examined were taken to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. 

“Deputy and civilian transported, two additional civilians in the process of being transported,” the sheriff’s office reported on social media.

The other two individuals who were evaluated are also court employees. 

The suspicious package was found in a third-floor courtroom, but court was not in session at the time according to Capt. Larry Kurtz of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The building was not evacuated, though surrounding courtrooms were being held in place as the west wing of the courthouse was contained. No additional information about the nature of the contents in the package were reported.

Law enforcement hazmat and bomb squad are still taking samples from the package to determine its contents. 

Kurtz said the package was a cardboard box.

The incident was first reported around 2:30 p.m.

This is a developing story.

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