For the second time in four days, police have been forced to evacuate Brookside Plaza on Williamson Road in Roanoke County.
Both times officers investigated a suspicious package.
It raised safety concerns for nearby residents and impacted surrounding businesses.
Both of the packages turned out to be nothing, according to Roanoke County investigators. But it takes time and resources for law enforcement to investigate.
Tuesday proved to be a repeat of last Saturday in Roanoke County.
"Saturday was a big deal,” said Bruce Laffoon.
Laffoon works at Famous Anthony's in Brookeside Plaza and said word of a suspicious package on Saturday was enough to scare him.
"I didn't think it would happen again,” he said. “Anywhere I go I'm kinda nervous now."
Dozens of officers responded both Saturday and Tuesday after emergency dispatchers got calls about a suspicious package in the area.
"An incident like this can get rather large quickly when we start shutting roadways and those types of things,” said Roanoke County Police Sgt. Shannon Dillan.
Investigators said you can never be too safe in these kinds of situations and that’s why they made the call to close and evacuate businesses during what some managers consider peak hours.
"I went outside to see what was going on and they told us same drill 300 yards away,” said manager Carlton Mabe.
Employees said they had no choice but to stand across the street and wait for the scene to clear while those customers shopping or dining at the time left the plaza. Not only do businesses take a hit financially, but law enforcement has to pull the necessary resources from the police force to deal with these kinds of situations.
"You can say that is a little frustrating, but again, it’s one of those things until we know what it is investigated that way,” said Dillan.
The package on Saturday had some articles of clothing in it, according to police.
WDBJ 7 has not received word as to what was in Tuesday’s bag inside the post office.