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Package that caused Mary Cariola evacuation was work for art exhibition

Police were able to link the name to a Rochester art exhibition that was expecting a submission from a New Orleans-based sculptor. The piece was titled “Baby Go Boom.” (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A suspicious package that led to hundreds of children with disabilities being evacuated from the Mary Cariola Children's Center in Rochester turned out to be a work of art.

The Rochester Bomb Squad was called to the center on East Henrietta Road Monday morning to investigate the package that contained "rantings and ravings." Once the box was taken off site, members of the bomb squad determined the contents included a wood box with homemade electrical components. Those components included a power source, switches, circuit board, and lights. However, it was not an explosive hazard.

According to Rochester Police, the package delivered by FedEx was intended for a private home in Rochester with a similar address and addressed to a word, part of an art council's organizational name. Police were able to link the name to a Rochester art exhibition that was expecting a submission from a New Orleans-based sculptor. The piece was titled “Baby Go Boom.”

Investigators said the intended recipient of the package would have understood its contents immediately, along with the handwritten note that was included. However, since the staff at Mary Cariola opened it, investigators said it is easy to understand how they became alarmed.

No charges are expected related to this incident.

The Rochester Police Department praised the Mary Cariola staff for their quick notification to police and safe evacuation of nearly 100 students with complex disabilities, calling it a great example of law enforcement and educators working together.

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