Police investigate suspicious package near Newport News shopping center

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – First responders in Newport News received a call for a suspicious package Saturday night.

Dispatchers said that call came in around 7:45 p.m. when the object was located at the Jefferson Commons Shopping Center.

Police sent out a tweet asking the public to avoid the area a few hours later.

As of 9:30 Saturday night, police say the device was inspected and the area has since reopened.

Newport News Police Public Information Officer Sarah Ketchum said police assisted with traffic control during the incident.

10 On Your Side is working to learn more about why the package was deemed suspicious.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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