The Boston jitters hit home. A pair of incidents in Atlanta that days ago would've barely raised an eyebrow, have instead sent law enforcement scurrying.
A security guard doing a routine check ahead of Tuesday night's game at Turner Field spotted a suspicious package underneath a trash can outside the gate and immediately called Atlanta Police.
"We responded out to the scene. Our SWAT team responded to the scene remotely deactivated the device and at this time, it appears that the device was of no threat," said Officer John Chafee.
Two hours later, Atlanta police were called to the VEO Thrift Store on Memorial Drive after an employee received minor burns after he opened a package and something sparked a flame. Atlanta Police Spokesman Carlos Campos says the device was not a bomb.
"We were able to determine that indeed an employee inside of this veteran's empowerment organization opened some sort of package. We're not real clear if it was an explosion or if it was some kind of sparks that ignited that caused the package to catch fire," said Campos.
Campos says although tensions are high following the bombings in Boston, we live in a different world and have to take every threat seriously.
"I think today (Tuesday) you're seeing a response that is probably to some degree a result of yesterday's (Monday's) events in Boston. But I would say every suspicious package called into APD is investigated in the same manner," said Campos.
He says while often times the items tend to be empty briefcases or duffle bags, you never know.
"We have to take each and every one of those seriously because, for the obvious reason that it could be that one time that it turns out to be something, said Campos.