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Emergency officials have cordoned off the entrance to 100 Middle St., which houses the U.S. Attorney’s office, the FBI regional office and the law firm Bernstein Shur, on Monday morning. The Portland Police Department’s hazardous devices unit, which is used to respond to suspicious packages and possible explosive devices, is parked in front of the building.
The Federal Protective Service, which is charged with guarding federal buildings and offices, has two vehicles parked near the scene.
The building at 100 Middle St. is blocked off from traffic from Franklin Arterial to Pearl Street.
Police have blocked off Middle street in Portland from Pearl Street to Franklin Street with caution tape surrounding 100 middle Street, which houses several offices such as various law firms, the secret service and Homeland Security.
Employees at 100 middle Street told NEWS CENTER Portland police told them to leave the building because of a suspicious package-- police have not yet confirmed. Portland Police hazardous devices unit is in front of the building and police are using K9 to sniff around cars and mailboxes.
Portland Police are investigating a package that was left in the lobby of 100 Middle St. Monday morning that the police chief said was left intentionally.
Police closed Middle Street to traffic while they inspected the package, which was determined not to be explosive. The building was evacuated while police inspected the package.
However, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said that the package, which he would not describe in detail, was left on purpose to make people afraid.
“I believe it was an intentional act,” he said. He would not elaborate on why police believe that, or whether a note was left with the package.