Here are the tell-tale signs to help you detect a suspicious package
Updated 7:04 PM ET, Wed October 24, 2018
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(CNN)Bombs and chemicals sent through the mail are rare but terrifying. According to the US Postal Inspection Service, the postal service processes more than 170 billion pieces of mail every year and only a tiny fraction of those -- 16 over the last few years -- were investigated as mail bombs, says the US Postal Inspection Service. That, according to the agency, works out to be an average of less than 1 in 10 billion.
What you should look for
- The paper envelope was wrinkled and damaged
- Names and places on the sender's address label was misspelled
- One corner of the package was covered in stamps
What you should do
- Leave the package alone, clear the area and contact emergency personnel
- Wash your hands and other exposed skin with soap and water
- Cordon off the immediate area, and shut down all equipment there
- If possible, and without disturbing the mail, jot down what you can about the package (what it looks like, markings, the name and address on it)