Street in lockdown as package triggers panic
FRIDAY AFTERNOON: NSW Police have confirmed the suspicious package that sparked panic along Beach Street in Woolgoolga on Friday morning was not dangerous.
Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended, along with HAZMAT, and evacuated the area before conducting inquiries.
"The package was deemed safe and the post office reopened," a police spokesperson said.
EARLIER: Emergency services were called to the Woolgoolga Post Office this morning around 9.30am after reports of a suspicious package.
The post office is located along Beach Street just past the playing fields and skatepark.
The Fire and Rescue NSW Hazmat Van attended along with the NSW Ambulance Service and several Coffs-Clarence Police cars. The NSW Rural Fire Service was also in attendance.
Several nearby shops and businesses including Cardow and Partners Real Estate, The Commonwealth Bank and Woopi Takeaway along Beach St were also evacuated.
The entire area was cordoned off with police tape.
The Advocate understands that vapour, or smoke, was coming from a parcel and that emergency services were called in as a precaution.
More details to come