A suspicious package addressed to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was found and detonated at the main Flagstaff Post Office on Postal Boulevard this afternoon.
The Flagstaff Police Department says that the device contained explosive material and did resemble an explosive device. Authorities say it's too soon to tell if the device was a bomb.
“The package was neutralized,” said Sgt. James Jackson of the Flagstaff Police Department. “There was a disruptive device placed on the package and it was disabled.”
At about 5:20 p.m, officials say that U.S. Postal Service Investigator Anthony Rivas notified police that the branch had received a suspicious package containing possible explosive material that was addressed to Arpaio. Police closed off Postal Boulevard to the public while the package was investigated.
Employees were locked away from their cars and couldn’t immediately return to their homes.
In addition to the police department, the operation involved agents from the U.S. Postal Service and the FBI.