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Suspicious Package Forces Evacuation Of Cruise Ship Terminal

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(Source: CBS4) PortMiami is considered the world's busiest port.

(Source: CBS4) PortMiami is considered the world’s busiest port.

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A routine check of a suspicious package at a Port of Miami cruise ship terminal forced an evacuation Friday morning after a police dog called in to check the package alerted, prompting police to take a closer look.

While they investigated, police ordered the evacuation of Terminal C, which was in use Friday by the Norwegian Sky. The evacuation covered only employees working in the terminal; passengers arriving Friday had already left the terminal area, and had yet to be allowed inside to board Friday’s cruise.

The Miami-Dade bomb squad was called to check the package, and HazMat crews were placed at the ready, but a spokesperson for the Port said the package turned out to be harmless, and shortly before noon, employees were allowed to return to the terminal.

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