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Update: Highway 395 reopened through Gardnerville after suspicious package found to be safe

Highway 395 is closed for the duration.
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Update: Highway 395 was reopened around 6 p.m. after Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad personnel deemed a suspicious package left in a parking lot on Monday was found to be inert.

Previous story: Highway 395 was closed on Monday after authorities received a report of a suspicious package in a Gardnerville shopping center.

The initial report described the package as a black cylinder located near a stop sign. The reporting person reportedly told dispatchers it was ticking.

Several businesses were evacuated including the Burger King and the AutoZone near the site of the package at around 4:30 p.m.

Deputies launched a drone and cleared the highway of onlookers.

Tahoe Douglas Explosive Ordinance Disposal arrived on scene at around 5:10 p.m.

The road is expected to be closed for a while, so motorists are advised to take a different route.