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A major scare! A suspicious package sent to a Senator's Office. It all happened just days before 40,000 Boy Scouts will arrive in the mountain state.

Two tense hours,a after a package from North Korea was delivered to the Beckley office of Senator Jay Rockefeller.

Officials haven't said what exactly raised concern, but Rockefeller's Press Secretary said the employees followed the exact policy and procedure by calling for reinforcements. 

59News has learned from officials between 40-60 people work in the office and they were evacuated earlier. Nearby offices were not evacuated, but one woman who works at the Clark Eye Clinic said she just happened to be driving by with her children and saw all of the commotion.

"I was driving by and I saw all this was going on and I called my coworker and she said there was a letter found addressed to the Senator and it was a little scary," Katie Deel said.

Several members of the West Virginia state police bomb squad were at the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve preparing for the Jamboree when the call came in.

They rushed to the scene around 10:50 in the morning. But before they could get to work a x-ray machine was needed all the way from Charleston.

This left spectators like Deel feeling anxious during the two hour ordeal-- before help arrived.

"I think we may end up leaving for a little bit, so I think we might just end up leaving for a bit because it is kind of scary," Deel said.

Once the x-ray arrived, the experts quickly got to work. Crowds watched on in anticipation. After several minutes, the bomb squad emerged. The scene was cleared at 12:50. Troopers said they were able to open the package after it was x-rayed and determined it was not a threat. Operations returned to normal just before 1.