ROANOKE CO., Va. -

The suspicious container found outside of the Roanoke County Administration building has been deemed safe, according to Roanoke County Police.

Roads in the area are back open.

Here is the news release from Roanoke County:

The suspicious container found near a fire hydrant in front of the Roanoke County Administration building Friday afternoon was found to be a solid black, plastic storage tote with clothing inside.

The call was reported to dispatch at 3:06 p.m. and Roanoke County police responded. As a precaution, a portion of Electric Road and cross-streets near the Administration building were closed and nearby businesses evacuated.

An explosives-sniffing dog inspected the container and found no threat. After investigation of the container, police have learned who the owner is and that the storage tote fell inadvertently from the back of the individual's vehicle while driving past the Administration building.

The individual has retrieved the storage tote from police.

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Here is the news release from Roanoke County:

The suspicious package reported in front of the County Administration building has been inspected by a Police Department K-9 Bomb dog. There is no longer a threat and roads previously being closed are now being reopened.

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Roanoke County Police are investigating a suspicious container outside of the Roanoke County Administration building.

The building has been evacuated, as well as other businesses along Route 419.

Traffic on Route 419 from Starkey Road to Chaparral Drive is closed. Penn Forest Boulevard between Starkey Road and Chaparral Drive also is closed.

This is the third suspicious package reported in Roanoke County in less than a week. Suspicious packages have also been found recently at Brookside Plaza.

Check back soon for more updates.

Here is the news release from Roanoke County:

A suspicious container was reported in front of the Roanoke County Administration building on Bernard Drive this afternoon at approximately 3:15. Roanoke County Police are responding. Roads around the area are in process of being shut down and people should avoid that area.

419 from Starkey Road to Chaparral Drive are being closed off, as well as Penn Forest Boulevard between Starkey Road and Chaparral Drive.

PHOTOS: Suspicious container found in Roanoke County

POSTED: 04:16 PM EDT May 02, 2014 

The Roanoke County Police Department is investigating a suspicious container found outside of the county administration building Friday.

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