Package in neighborhood turns out to be weather balloon

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by Jonathan Costen, 13 News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 7:53 AM

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NORFOLK--Something odd fell from the sky and landed in a Norfolk neighborhood.

The Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Engine-17, the bomb squad and Norfolk firefighters responded to the 2900 block of Somerset Lane in Ocean View just after 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The bomb squad used a robot to get a closer look at the square Styrofoam box package in the street. The box had a balloon attached to it and one person told authorities it was making a strange noise.

As a precaution, people living close to the item were evacuated.

Around 8:40 p.m., after looking at photos taken by the robot, firefighters determined the package was likely a weather balloon possibly from NASA's Wallops Island on the Eastern Shore.

Authorities are investigating how it came down in the neighborhood. Police say they'll try to return the box to its owner.

The fire department stresses if you do see a strange item, do not investigate on your own. Just call the authorities.

 

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