April 18, 2013 / 10:27 PM / 5 years ago

Suspicious package delays cruise ship at Florida port

(Reuters) - A suspicious package found at the Port of Tampa, Florida on Thursday on a pallet that was to be loaded onto a cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean Cruises, was not a bomb, the sheriff’s office said.

Two bomb-sniffing dogs found the parcel during a routine security check, said a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Explosives experts investigated the package before saying it was harmless.

As a precaution, the sheriff’s office evacuated the terminal building being used by Royal Caribbean to check in passengers sailing on its Jewel of the Seas.

Reporting by Martinne Geller in New York; and David Adams in Miami. Editing by Maureen Bavdek, Kenneth Barry and Leslie Gevirtz

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