Device found in synagogue mailbox 'rendered safe'

Published On: Jul 24 2012 04:11:45 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 24 2012 05:48:31 PM EDT

A suspicious device found in a mailbox at a synagogue south of St. Augustine on Tuesday afternoon was "rendered safe," according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say a postal worker alerted them to the device at the Temple Bet Yam Synagogue in the 2000 block of Wildwood Drive just before 3 p.m. The area between State Road 207 and Treaty Park was closed to traffic and the bomb squad responded.

A Sheriff's Office robot was used to inspect the device and neutralize any threat. Deputies would not discuss the nature of the device.

While there were no known treats to the synagogue, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were notified about the incident due to the nature of the location where the device was found. The Sheriff's Office told Channel 4 that the FBI was taking over the investigation.

Wildwood Drive was reopened to traffic just after 5 p.m.