Suspicious package reported near CDC was harmless

Credit: John Spink / AJC

Credit: John Spink / AJC

A “suspicious package” near the Centers for Disease Control campus on Clifton Road Friday morning turned out to be a bucket of chlorine tablets that presented no danger, according to police.

DeKalb police had earlier closed all roads around the CDC. The roads were reopened shortly after police checked out the bucket.

“There was a suspicious package. We had a bomb squad come out and checked it out and determined that it was nothing dangerous, so we have now cleared the scene,” James Conroy, assistant DeKalb Police chief told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Police informed CDC officials about the package across the street from the agency, according to spokeswoman Barbara Reynolds.

Reynolds said the agency decided to close its main gate, but the rear gate remained open. The CDC continued normal operations, she said.