From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
3:10 pm update: Thank you for for your cooperation and patience today as we handled a suspicious package incident at the Abingdon Target today. The packages were deemed to not be a threat and no injuries were reported. The roads and businesses in the area have reopened. Target remains closed as the investigation continues.
Thank you to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and the State Fore Marshall’s Office for their support through the incident. We take all threats to our community seriously, and encourage you to call 911 if you see something suspicious. Remember, if you see something, say something!
Posted by Harford County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, March 24, 2016
From the Office of the State Fire Marshal:
At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, the State Fire Marshal’s Office Bomb Squad responded to the Target store located at 403 Constant Friendship Boulevard in Abingdon for two suspicious suitcases left unattended in the parking lot. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office arrived early during the investigation and viewed Arabic writing on a luggage tag affixed to the suitcases. They immediately established a safe perimeter, evacuated the store and requested the Bomb Squad.
Bomb Squad Technicians performed a variety of diagnostic procedures revealing no explosive components inside the suitcases. The contents of the suitcases were determined to be clothing items. The incident was cleared and the store was able to resume normal operations at approximately 4:00 p.m.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation to determine the owner(s) of the luggage.