Downtown Columbus, Indiana, shut down Thursday morning, August 22, 2013, after a suspicious package was discovered on the steps of the Bartholomew County Courthouse, according to The Republic.
A package wrapped in newspaper and tied with a black bow with a note attached was discovered by courthouse security during a security sweep prior to the courthouse opening around 6:40 a.m., Sheriff Mark Gorbett told The Republic.
The building was immediately secured and Washington Street was closed as officers cleared the building. Courthouse staff waited temporarily at the Bartholomew County Government Center during the ordeal until the building was officially cleared just before 9 a.m.
The package discovered did not contain explosive devices but rather contained compact discs that were legitimately left for an employee, according to The Republic. The individual who left the package was said to have dropped it off around midnight Thursday morning. The name of the employee or the name of the person who dropped off the package was not released and no formal charges are being filed. Police do advise that in the future, individuals do not drop off such packages to the courthouse as a safety and security measure for all involved.