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Bomb Squad Detonates 2 Suspicious Packages Found Outside Early Voting Site in Central Fla.


The bomb squad detonated two suspicious packages found outside a central Florida polling site Saturday, suspending voting for more than four hours on the final day to cast early ballots.

The first item, described as a cooler with a USB cord sticking out of it, was found outside the West Park library Saturday morning, WESH-TV reported. A bomb-sniffing dog later reacted to a bag of garbage near the library's front door, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Both items were destroyed with a water cannon within an hour of each other.

The library was evacuated after the first item was discovered just before 11:30 a.m. and voters were allowed to get back in line shortly before 4 p.m., Central Florida News 13 reported.

Long lines plagued Florida's early voting sites all week, with wait times stretching to six hours at one polling place in Miami-Dade county, according to the Associated Press.

Outside the West Park library, about 100 voters decided to stick it out and wait while the bomb squad attended to the items. Resident Tracy Jackson told the Sentinel it was "voter intimidation" to try and keep her from voting for President Barack Obama.

"I feel like there's more to it; this is a ploy," Jackson said.

According to News 13, all voters in line by 8 p.m. were permitted to vote.

Approximately 3.9 million Florida voters cast early ballots, either at early polling sites or by voting absentee.

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