After Osama bin Laden’s death Pennsylvania and New Jersey authorities increased security around religious centers – synagogues and mosques, transportation hubs, and other public places. Officials asked the public to be alert but not fearful.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said, “there are still people out there who are more than willing to harm us. The public needs to be aware of that…”
CIA Director Leon Panetta said terrorist groups around the world “almost certainly will attempt to avenge” bin Laden’s death.
Hours letter, a suspicious package was found outside the historic First Bank of the United States in Old City on Third Street between Walnut and Chestnut.
Philadelphia police chief inspector Joe Sullivan said, “It was a metal, cylindrical device capped at the top, wrapped in electrical tape.”
The device was not explosive, but the Department of Homeland Security and Philadelphia police are still investigating.
Officers are working with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, as well as representatives of Amtrak and SEPTA, to beef up security in Philadelphia, Ramsey said.