Officials: Civil War reenactment in Virginia shut down after suspicious device found

Officials: Va. Civil War reenactment shut down for suspicious package. (Courtesy Thomas Keefer via Facebook)

MIDDLETOWN, Va. (WJLA) - A Civil War reenactment near Middletown, Virginia, was evacuated Friday afternoon after a suspicious device was found, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

According to the sheriff's office, the device was found around 4 p.m. and officials shut down the area to search for other possible threats. A bomb squad and K-9s were also brought in. Officials say the device was rendered safe, but an investigation into the incident remained ongoing.

"At approximately 4 p.m. on site personnel of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Middletown Police Department were alerted to a suspicious item at Cedar Creek Battlefield. Evacuations of the immediate area began and a safe zone was established. A Unified Command was set up with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, Frederick County Fire and Rescue, and Middletown Police Department. Additional resources were brought in including the Virginia State Police Bomb Squad, and K9 Units from Frederick County, Virginia State Police, and several federal agencies. The Virginia State Police Bomb Squad rendered the device safe. K9 units continue to search all areas of the Battlefield," the Frederick County Sheriff's Office stated in a press release.

A spokesperson for the event called it an "unfortunate situation."

"Due to this unfortunate situation our event staff is unable to fulfill the required logistical needs to continue the event on Sunday. It is regrettable that a nice family event would be disrupted in this way," Joe D'Arezzo, president of the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, said in a statement provided to ABC7 by the sheriff's department.

This story has been updated.

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