Suspicous package reported at Mat-Su Jewish Center cleared, no longer a threat

Mat-Su Jewish Center has been evacuated following reports of a security concern.
Mat-Su Jewish Center has been evacuated following reports of a security concern.(KTUU)
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 5:05 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a security concern at the Mat-Su Jewish Center Thursday afternoon.

FBI agents responded to the Mat-Su Jewish Center to assess a suspicious package, spokesperson Chloe Martin confirmed. Alaska State Troopers said the suspicious package was not explosive.

It was later announced Thursday evening on the Mat-Su Jewish Center’s Facebook page that the package was a “false alarm.” Martin confirmed with Alaska’s News Source that the package was cleared and “considered a non-threat.”

Safety and security is our utmost priority. Earlier today, we received a suspicious package. The authorities felt it...

Posted by Mat-Su Jewish Center on Thursday, September 17, 2020

A representative from the Mat-Su Jewish Center said all people had evacuated from the center.

Due to the threat, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District sent home students and canceled after school activities at both Colony Middle School and Colony High School.

A spokesperson for the school district, Jillian Morrissey, said there was a potential threat in the area and parents were asked to pick up their children out of an abundance of caution.

Alaska State Troopers, borough firefighters, Anchorage Police Department officers and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials were on the scene at the Mat-Su Jewish Center.

Parts of the area was closed to vehicle traffic, including Horse Play Circle.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with information from the center that the suspicious package was a false alarm.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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