Bomb squad called to check out Elf on the Shelf box at Royal Farms

Posted at 1:30 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 13:36:41-04

Maryland State Police say a bomb squad robot was called to a Royal Farms in Bel Air to investigate a suspicious package on top of a trash can Wednesday evening just after 7 p.m.

A picture sent out in a release shows it was a box for the Elf on the Shelf toy; it was later determined to contain only empty packaging materials inside.

The store and parking lot located at Route 543 and Route 1 was temporarily evacuated during the investigation as well as traffic in the area was briefly held. 

A release did not state why the toy box was considered a suspicious package by the customer who reported it.