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Suspicious suitcase prompts evacuation of N.C. Mutual Life building in Durham

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The N.C. Mutual Life building, evacuated Monday afternoon - LISA SORG
  • Lisa Sorg
  • The N.C. Mutual Life building, evacuated Monday afternoon


Durham Police evacuated the N.C. Mutual Life building this afternoon after a man left a suitcase on the front steps and then fled after a security guard approached him.

A bomb squad—both officers and a robot—was brought in to investigate. 

The building houses about 430 people, including employees of Duke University medicine, the Veterans Administration, N.C. Mutual Life insurance and the Durham office of U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who represents the Congressional First District.

Dozens of employees gathered across the street at the BB&T bank building, waiting for the all-clear. They were still waiting two hours after the evacuation. - LISA SORG
  • Lisa Sorg
  • Dozens of employees gathered across the street at the BB&T bank building, waiting for the all-clear. They were still waiting two hours after the evacuation.
A fire alarm sounded and employees left the building on Chapel Hill and Duke streets around 2 p.m. The adjacent streets were still closed at 4 p.m.


Update: The suitcase was found to contain clothing.

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