Highlands County

Suspicious package in Avon Park turns out to be homemade speaker

AVON PARK, Fla. (WFLA) -- A suspicious package that prompted evacuations at a church and apartment building Sunday in Avon Park turned out to be a homemade speaker.

According to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, the speaker was found near Avon Park Christian Church on Camphor Street near US-27 around 10:30 a.m.

It was found leaning against a fence between the church and an old donut shop. Investigators say the church pastor's son spotted it and notified his dad, who found it suspicious.

The church evacuated itself after the package was found. Deputies then evacuated nearby apartments.

Deputies say the package ended up being a homemade speaker made out of a large aluminum Bubba Keg.


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