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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Sullivan Park evacuated after suspicious container found

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  • Corning Inc.’s Sullivan Park research facility in Erwin was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a suspicious plastic canister was found unattended in a building atrium.
    The company initially ordered a partial evacuation, but later directed all employees and contractors to leave the campus as a safety precaution, said Corning Inc. spokesman Joe Dunning.
    The New York State Police and Forest View-Gang Mills Volunteer Fire Department arrived at the scene, and a specially trained unit was called in to investigate and dispose of the object, Dunning said.
    The investigation revealed the container to be empty.
    Dunning did not know how many people were working at the facility at the time of the evacuation.
    Sullivan Park – Corning Inc.’s research and development hub – opened in 1966 and is located on a hill overlooking HealthWorks and Walmart.
    Emergency personnel searched the entire facility Wednesday evening as a safety precaution, and Dunning said he expected employees would be allowed to return today.
    “I would anticipate business as usual at Sullivan Park,” he said.

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