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UMass Five College Credit Union in Hadley evacuated; bomb squad finds ‘garbage bag filled with Styrofoam’

  • A man in a bomb suit from the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad, far left, walks toward the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union Tuesday to investigate a mysterious package that caused the building to be evacuated. It was a bag filled with Sytrofoam.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    A man in a bomb suit from the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad, far left, walks toward the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union Tuesday to investigate a mysterious package that caused the building to be evacuated. It was a bag filled with Sytrofoam.
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  • Employees from the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union return to work Tuesday after a mysterious package was deemed harmless by the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad.<br/><br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Employees from the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union return to work Tuesday after a mysterious package was deemed harmless by the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad.

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  • A man in a bomb suit from the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad, far left, walks toward the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union Tuesday to investigate a mysterious package that caused the building to be evacuated. It was a bag filled with Sytrofoam.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Employees from the UMass Five College Federal Credit Union return to work Tuesday after a mysterious package was deemed harmless by the Massachusetts State Police bomb squad.<br/><br/>JERREY ROBERTS

HADLEY — The UMass Five College Credit Union on Westgate Center Drive was evacuated for more than two hours starting about 1 p.m. Tuesday after police received reports of a suspicious package outside the building.

A Massachusetts State Police bomb squad sent from Worcester determined that the item was a “garbage bag filled with Styrofoam containers,” according to Hadley Fire Chief James Kicza.

“It could have just fallen out of the back of someone’s truck,” Kicza said. “I would like to think that it wasn’t some sort of gag.”

At about 3:15 p.m., credit union employees were allowed to return to work and emergency responders began to leave the scene.

Jon A. Rust, vice president of marketing at the credit union, said an employee alerted colleagues that there was a suspicious package outside the building at 200 Westgate Center Drive.

“We called the police and put our evacuation plan into action,” Rust said. “All of our members got out safely and everyone is accounted for.”

Emergency responders arrived as credit union employees gathered in a nearby parking lot.

Hadley Assistant Fire Chief Edward Dudkiewicz said his department responded to the call along with police from Hadley, Pelham and the University of Massachusetts.

They waited for the bomb squad to determine the contents of the bag.

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