Mandeville police say they evacuated the Golden Glen subdivision due to a possible bomb threat at the home of a newly retired IRS agent.
Police say someone left a briefcase (above) on his front porch. They evacuated the area as a precaution. Lt. Gerald Sticker they closed off the Florida Extension, and a short segment of the East Causeway Approach.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's bomb squad arrived on the scene to inspect the package and make sure it isn't dangerous. The police chief said an x-ray showed what appeared to be a "classic pipe bomb."
Officials gave the all clear around 6:00pm.
The police issued the following:
"After thorough investigation the suspicious case was determined to have contained a chess set. Preliminary x-ray images of the contents of the case gave investigators reason to remotely open the case with a water canon which was mounted to a robot. It was then after further remote and physical inspection of the contents by a St Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office bomb technician that the case was determined to be harmless and devoid of any explosives. As of this time, all streets have been reopened and residents are allowed to return home."