'Military Style' Ammunitions Box Left Outside GOP Office Is No Threat, Authorities Say

Authorities indicated that a suspicious package found outside of a Republican Party office Tuesday in Hudson, Wisconsin was "safe" following an investigation.

The ATF St. Paul office in Minnesota sent out a tweet Tuesday morning indicating that the agency was responding to reports of a "potential explosive device outside of the St. Croix County Republican Party office in downtown Hudson."

BREAKING: @ATFStPaul is responding to reports of a potential explosive device outside of the St. Croix County Republican Party office in downtown Hudson, Wis. Hudson PD will be sharing updated info on Facebook as it becomes available. pic.twitter.com/fmRKjHem65

— ATF St. Paul (@ATFStPaul) June 23, 2020

The Hudson Police Department released a statement on Facebook stating that the police responded to a call placed around 9 a.m. local time, regarding a "suspicious package" at the GOP campaign office located at 121 South 2nd Street in Hudson.

"The suspicious package has been identified as a potential threat and actions have been taken to cordon off the area. There has been a safety perimeter set up and the businesses in the mall have been evacuated. We are working with several other agencies in securing the situation," the HPD said.

"We are asking the public to avoid the area as this is having an impact on downtown City of Hudson traffic and businesses. This is an ongoing investigation and we will provide updates as we are able," the HPD said.

The Hudson police released a statement a few hours after the investigation indicating that the package, "a military-style ammunition container with several obstructions and wires protruding from the container," was "safe."

"Technicians were able to determine there were unidentifiable items within the container and it was later determined to be full of miscellaneous materials and never presented a threat to public safety," the police department said, adding the GOP office as well as surrounding businesses had been reopened.

Newsweek reached out to the ATF and the Republican Party Chairman in St. Croix County for comments, but they did not respond back in time for publication.

Andrew Hitt, the chairman for the Republican Party in Wisconsin, said in a statement that they are "grateful that everyone is safe at this time" and hope the situation if quickly resolved.

"We have differences in our views, in our philosophies, and our vision for America, but violence or threats of violence cannot stand because such actions lead to potential destruction that can't be overcome," Hitt said.

Randy Meier, a reporter for Fox 9 News out of Minneapolis, about 25 miles from Hudson, tweeted out an image of what appears to be a small metal box sitting just outside of the GOP office door: "Suspicious metal box outside Republican offices in Hudson, Wi. Right now. Block evacuated. Bomb squad on the way."

Suspicious metal box outside Republican offices in Hudson, Wi. Right now. Block evacuated. Bomb squad on the way. pic.twitter.com/CLV4mbpsZo

— Randy Meier (@RandyMeierFox9) June 23, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off President Donald Trump's reelection campaign in the state with appearances in Waukesha County Tuesday, nearly 300 miles away from where the incident occurred.

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The Republican Party's elephant symbol. Authorities were called in for a potential explosive device found outside a GOP office in Hudson, Wisconsin. The package was eventually deemed safe, and never a threat to public safety. Getty/Joe Raedle