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Four suspicious devices cleared near Orlando

Suspicious devices closes roadway, force evacuations near Waterford Lakes (WFTV)
Suspicious devices closes roadway, force evacuations near Waterford Lakes (WFTV)
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Updated: 4/23/2013 1:32 pm
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WFTV) -- The Orange County Sheriff has given the all-clear after several suspicious devices shut down parts of a busy shopping center Tuesday. The sheriff's office said that 60 children have also been evacuated from a daycare in the area.

At least two dozen businesses in the Waterford Lakes Town Center shopping plaza were evacuated, along with a section of an apartment complex, after suspicious devices were found in the area, said the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said that 60 children were also evacuated from a daycare in the area.

Deputies used bomb sniffing dogs and a robot to investigate four suspicious devices in the area.

Just before 1 p.m. investigators announced that they had cleared the last of the devices.

Deputies closed Waterford Lakes Parkway near Alafaya Trail and asked people in the area to stay indoors, and for others to stay away while they worked in the area.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs were both on the scene as investigators worked.

"One of the concerns we always have after anything that gets national attention like this is the copycat syndrome; those people in society who aren't right and who want attention," said Jacobs.

Shortly after the Waterford Lakes incident began Orange County investigators responded to a suspicious suitcase near Old Winter Garden Road. They have cleared that scene.

In Volusia County, Daytona Beach police evacuated the Extended Stay Motel and closed Bill France Boulevard after a hotel worker found a note in a room that said a bomb would explode Tuesday at 9:30.

A short time later police in Daytona Beach Shores were called to check out a suspicious package outside a psychic's business along A1A. That package turned out to be a bag with a bible inside.

It's the fifth time a Volusia County agency has responded to a suspicious device or bomb threat in the past four days.
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