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Suspicious Package Sent to Rush Limbaugh's House Harmless, Police Assure

March 2, 2012 (8:34 am) GMT
A spokesperson for the Palm Beach Police says that the item turns out to be an electronic plaque and the sender has apologized to the police for causing the bomb scare.

Bomb scare at 's South Florida home turns out to be a false alarm. On late Thursday, March 1 afternoon, the Palm Beach County Sherriff's Office bomb squad was called to the North Ocean Boulevard house after the conservative radio talk show host's security team received a suspicious package.

Palm Beach police spokesperson Fred Hess said that Limbaugh's staff made the call after they x-rayed the 18-by-18-inch package and found wires inside. "When they saw what appeared to be on the x-ray as wires, they decided to not continue to open it," he shared before noting, "In Palm Beach, people tend to be very cautious, especially an internationally known person."

Police declared the package, which was mailed by a man in the Wexford suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is not harmful during a news conference. Hess detailed that further investigation uncovered that it actually contained an electronic plaque commemorating the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth.

According to Hess, the sender, whose name was not released, told the police that the package was intended to be a "business opportunity" for Limbaugh. When contacted by the authorities, he was "very apologetic" for causing the problem. He won't be charged for the incident since no crime was committed.

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