Suspicious package only tins of cookies

BUFORD - The dry Lake Lanier area is disastrous enough. So when a suspicious package was delivered to the Lanier Management Office on Wednesday morning, the staff took it seriously.

Gwinnett County police called out its Explosive Disposal Unit when tins arrived at the Buford facility through the mail in an unmarked package.

The offices house the park rangers and their business offices as well as serving as a visitors' center.

After the site was evacuated and an X-ray robot was sent in to investigate, the tins were found to contain cookies.

Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said the staff at 1050 Buford Dam Road office received the two metal tins in Wednesday morning's mail without a note or indication of where the parcel came from.

"The metal tins had some sort of commercial logo on it, so it was cookies that someone would buy or ship," Spellman said.

Though Spellman said the incident was a rather odd type of false alarm, she said in these situations it's better to be safe than sorry.

Having received threats in the past, authorities said the office's staff felt the need to call police. Spellman was unable to elaborate on the previous threats or their results.

Spellman suggests anyone planning to send gifts through the mail do so in packaging complete with a return address and note or card identifying the sender.

"If the sender had good intentions and did not intend to create this sort of reaction, there would be no recourse," Spellman said.

She said further investigation will be conducted to determine who sent the not-so-lethal cookies.