Yesterday, we told how the White House had to close down because of a package left near the door. People were afraid the package might contain something dangerous -- like a bomb or poison. Terrorists may use packages this way.
Everyone should look out for packages that could be dangerous. What should you look for? The U.S. government says a package could be dangerous if:
You didn't expect it, or it's from someone you don't know.
There's powder on the outside.
It's outdated -- addressed to someone who no longer lives or works at that address.
There's no return address, or a return address you can't find.
Words are spelled wrong.
There's a title (like "Mr.") with no name.
The package has too much tape or too many stamps.
It's too heavy, too light, or strangely shaped.
It has words like "Personal".
The package is stained or smells strange.
These things don't mean your package is definitely dangerous -- but if you are not sure, put it in a safe place (away from people) and call the police.
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The White House had to be locked down for 30 minutes on Wednesday. Someone put a package next to the visitors' door. No one knew what was in it or why it was there. The building was shut down.
The Secret Service (President's guards) looked at the package. They found nothing dangerous. The White House reopened.
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