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HAMPTON | A suspicious item prompted the evacuation of a Franklin County post office Monday afternoon, according to police. 

Franklin County dispatch received a call from the Hampton Post Office about 1:17 p.m. about a suspicious item in the post office lobby, according to a news release from the Hampton Police Department.

Hampton Police Chief Bob Schaefer said via email Monday night he couldn't release any more information about the item. 

As a precaution, police evacuated a one-block area and rerouted traffic from Highway 3. 

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the U.S. Postal Inspector's Office gave the all-clear about 3:17 p.m. for roads to be reopened and for residents to return to their homes. 

Police say the incident remains under investigation. 

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Iowa State Patrol, the Iowa DOT, Iowa DNR, Sheffield Police, City of Hampton Public Works, Hampton Fire Department, Franklin County Emergency Management, Franklin General Ambulance and North Iowa Public Transit assisted at the scene. 

— Ashley Miller

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