News Actions Facebook Tweet Email Federal courthouse evacuated in Atlanta due to a suspicious package By: Associated Press Posted at 7:54 AM, Sep 19, 2016 and last updated 2016-09-19 12:29:15-04 Authorities say a federal building in downtown Atlanta has been evacuated because of a suspicious package. Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Kim Jones said Monday that the U.S. Marshals Service evacuated the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and Courthouse because of a suspicious package on the side of the building. She referred questions to the Marshals Service.A person who answered the phone at the Marshals Service said to call back later because they were in the middle of an evacuation.People could be seen streaming out of the building and walking across a viaduct to wait about a block away. Police vehicles blocked traffic from accessing the streets around the building, and a variety of law enforcement vehicles gathered at one corner of the building. Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Sign up for the Headlines Newsletter and receive up to date information. now signed up to receive the Headlines Newsletter. Click here to manage all Newsletters Enter to Win Free Pizza!