NORAD was evacuated after suspicious packages were found on Thursday. 1,500 employees were sent home from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), ensuring their safely while the package was investigated. On March 8, UPI reported that the box was not a threat at all -- it was filled with office supplies.
"In the course of the investigation, an Air Force spokesperson released a statement saying 'preliminary test results of the package indicated that there is not a positive test for a nuclear, biological or chemical element contained within the package.' The packages were then removed from the facility to be examined further, and the safety perimeter was removed. It turned out the 'suspicious' packages were just ordinary office supplies," UPI reported.
NORAD was evacuated for precautionary reasons, something that is standard protocol. It is unknown if any one will be held accountable for leaving the boxes "out of place" and causing such a scare. At this point, it's unknown why the boxes were placed where they shouldn't have been.
Employees seemed to be concerned with the boxes before learning of their contents. A few mentioned that the boxes were in an odd place and this is certainly cause for alarm given the accelerated level of awareness thanks to terror threats and what have you.
Today, NORAD is back to normal after being evacuated yesterday.
© Effie Orfanides 2013