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Update: Suspicious package outside Republican Party office in Hudson deemed safe

The ATF says it's a 'potential explosive device.'
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A suspicious package reported at the Republican Party campaign office in Hudson, Wisconsin, Tuesday morning has been deemed safe, Hudson police said.

A suspicious package was reported just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, and police identified it as a "potential threat." A safety perimeter was set up and the area was evacuated. 

Hudson police, along with the FBI, ATF and Marathon-Oneida County Explosives Unit eventually deemed the package safe, with Hudson PD noting the package was a military-style ammunition container with several obstructions and wires protruding from the container. 

"Technicians were able to determine there were unidentifiable items within the container and it was later determined to be full of miscellaneous materials and never presented a threat to public safety," Hudson police said. 

After the package was deemed safe, the area reopened. 

See the original story from earlier Tuesday below.

Police and ATF agents are at the scene of a "potential explosive device" found outside a Republican Party office in Hudson, Wisconsin.

The ATF says the suspicious package was found outside the St. Croix County Republican Party building in downtown Hudson.

Hudson PD meanwhile says the package "has been identified as a potential threat and actions have been taken to cordon off the area."

The office is located at the rear of a strip mall, with other nearby businesses including a U.S. Bank, a Subway, and an O'Reilly's Auto Parts. Police say businesses in the vicinity have been evacuated.

"We are asking the public to avoid the area as this is having an impact on downtown City of Hudson traffic and businesses," Hudson PD added.

No information has been made available with regards to the nature of the package, nor what makes authorities believe it is a possible explosive device.

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Note: Some of the details provided in this story are based on the police's version of events, and may be subject to change.

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