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