Suspicious package found at Tampa, Florida port: sheriff

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Posted: Apr 18, 2013 12:59 PM
Suspicious package found at Tampa, Florida port: sheriff

(Reuters) - A suspicious package was found at the Port of Tampa, Florida, on Thursday on a pallet that was to be loaded onto a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, the sheriff's office said.

The parcel was found by two bomb-sniffing dogs during a routine security check, said a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Experts on explosives were investigating the package.

As a precaution, the sheriff's office evacuated the terminal building being used by Royal Caribbean to check in passengers sailing on its Jewel of the Seas.

(Reporting by Martinne Geller in New York; Editing by Maureen Bavdek and Kenneth Barry)