Suspicious package in Avon Park turns out to be homemade speaker

AVON PARK, Fla. (WFLA) — A suspicious package that prompted evacuations at a church and apartment building Sunday in Avon Park turned out to be a homemade speaker.

According to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, the speaker was found near Avon Park Christian Church on Camphor Street near US-27 around 10:30 a.m.

It was found leaning against a fence between the church and an old donut shop. Investigators say the church pastor’s son spotted it and notified his dad, who found it suspicious.

The church evacuated itself after the package was found. Deputies then evacuated nearby apartments.

Deputies say the package ended up being a homemade speaker made out of a large aluminum Bubba Keg. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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