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Police vehicles surround the New Hampshire Democratic Party headquarters at 105 N. State St. in Concord after a report Monday that a suspicious package was found in the building.

CONCORD — The headquarters of the New Hampshire Democratic Party was evacuated Monday night after a suspicious package was found.

Sarah Guggenheimer, a communications associate with the New Hampshire Democratic Party, confirmed Monday night that party headquarters — located at 105 N. State St. in Concord — was evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the building.

Concord police were notified and responded to the scene.

“We’re currently cooperating with them fully to ensure everyone’s safety,” wrote Guggenheimer in an email.

According to Guggenheimer, no injuries were reported, though one person was being treated “as a precaution” for possible exposure to the package.

Guggenheimer said no meetings were being held when the package was discovered. A meeting scheduled for Monday night was moved, she said.

NHDP Chairman Ray Buckley issued a statement about the incident.

“This afternoon, we alerted authorities immediately upon finding a suspicious package at the NHDP headquarters,” said Buckley. “Several staff members were evacuated and one was treated merely as a precaution. We are cooperating fully with the authorities and are grateful for all they are doing to ensure our safety.”

New Hampshire State Police bomb technicians responded to the scene, along with members of the Central New Hampshire Hazardous Materials team. North Main Street was blocked off around 8 p.m. in the immediate area near the headquarters building, with traffic being diverted.

The New Hampshire Republican Party tweeted a message expressing solidarity with Democrats after word of the incident spread.

“We immediately and unequivocally condemn this outrageous act and stand with our friends at the @NHDems,” tweeted the NH GOP. “We are thankful for law enforcement’s quick and appropriate response, and whoever sent this suspicious package should be brought to justice.”

“This is absolutely unacceptable and the NH GOP stands with our friends at the NH Dems,” said NH GOP communications director Joe Sweeney on Twitter. “This sort of activity has no place in our politics — we settle debates at the ballot box, not by endangering people’s lives. Whoever sent this should be swiftly brought to justice.”

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