06/08/2010 01:15 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Atlanta Federal Building, Peachtree Summit, Evacuated, Bomb Squad Sent

ATLANTA (AP)- Police say they evacuated a federal building in downtown Atlanta and sent in the bomb squad after a suspicious package was found.

Atlanta police Officer Otis Redmond says workers X-raying packages in the mail room of the Peachtree Summit Federal Building found the suspicious package Tuesday.

Authorities closed down some surrounding streets. Federal and local law enforcement officers were seen in front of the building and workers were milling around nearby after being evacuated.

Members of the Atlanta police bomb squad were suiting up to examine the suspicious package.
The building houses federal agencies including the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security. It is routine to X-ray packages that come into the mail room.