UPDATED: Suspicious package at O.C. Fair not a threat

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad has responded to a suspicious package at the Orange County Fair, authorities said late Thursday.

Police were notified at 8:40 p.m. about a suspicious backpack on the property and cleared the immediate area but have not evacuated the entire fair, said Lt. Gary Strachan.

More details to come as the story develops.

Updated 12:34 a.m.: A suspicious package at the Orange County Fairgrounds on Thursday night was not a threat, sheriff’s department officials said early Friday.

An employee reported an unattended backpack at the fairgrounds at about 8:40 p.m., said Lt. Gary Strachan. The bomb squad responded and evacuated the immediate area while they investigated and ultimately determined the bag wasn’t a threat at about 11 p.m., he said.

“It just had some personal items,” Strachan said.


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