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After investigating a suspicious package that halted traffic in downtown Herndon for nearly two hours Monday afternoon, Fairfax County’s Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team determined it poses no danger.

According to Herndon police, the suspicious item turned out to be non-threatening.

“It was a hand-made package wrapped up in tape that turned out to be a piece of trash that may have fallen off a truck,” said Lt. Ron Thunman of the Herndon Police Department.

According to Thunman, the suspicious package in front of 381 Elden St., known as the “Atrium Building” which houses the U.S. Department of the Interior, was discovered shortly after 2 p.m. and caused the closure of several streets in Herndon until around 4 p.m.

Thunman that shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, Herndon police recieved bomb threat reports nearly every month but their frequency has tapered off.

“We don’t get as many of these as we used to, but we don’t take any of them lightly,” he said.

gmacdonald@fairfaxtimes.com