NORAD evacuated after suspicious packages found
Officials say the packages were removed but are still undergoing tests. The evacuation lasted about 4 1/2 hours.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado
An evacuation order has been lifted at the headquarters of a joint U.S.-Canadian after five suspicious packages were removed.Skip to next paragraph
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Officials say employees became suspicious of the packages because something looked "out of place." They declined to elaborate.
Officials say NORAD's control room team was working at a backup location several miles away when the building was evacuated Thursday morning and no essential operations were disrupted.
The evacuation lasted about 4 1/2 hours.
Officials say the packages were removed but are still undergoing tests.
NORAD is short for North American Aerospace Defense Command. The joint U.S.-Canadian command defends the skies over both nations.
A backup control room in Cheyenne Mountain is in use because of renovations at the headquarters building.