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EUREKA, CA, March 18, 2015 ( – Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood officials received a package it was afraid would blow their employees sky high. They were partly right.

On Monday, the Planned Parenthood location in Eureka, California, received a two-foot-by-two-foot, weathered-looking package. It arrived after the container had been mailed to an address in Georgia with the Eureka Health Center, an abortion facility, listed as the return address. But the name on the envelope did not match anyone who worked there.

Suspicious it was a bomb, they called the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, which deployed the bomb squad and probed the box.

But Lt. Wayne Hanson said afterwards, rather anticlimactically, that what was inside the box “was not an explosive device.”

The container held four pounds of marijuana.

Officers are investigating the situation, attempting to find out who mailed the pot and why the abortion facility was targeted.

Sgt. Ken Swithenbank said deploying a team of anti-ballistics experts to open a box of weed “was a lot of manpower wasted, but better safe than sorry.”

The incident is one of several occasions in which police sent bomb squads to Planned Parenthood that reportedly found “suspicious” packages that were empty or contained nothing threatening. The commotion has sometimes snarled traffic and inconvenienced neighborhoods.

In this case, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office blocked access to the Eureka abortion clinic most of the day.

Consistent with numerous government reports declaring right-to-life activists a potential domestic terrorist threat, before investigators had determined the package was not threatening, local media had already interviewed pro-life sidewalk counselors participating in 40 Days for Life. Bruce Adams said anyone who affirmed the value of human life would “obviously” oppose killing abortionists.

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“We’re here for life,” he said. “We’re praying for everyone down there.”


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