Sometimes what appears to be a strange package is just something your kid mail-ordered without your knowledge.
A family on Stonybrook Road in North Caldwell told police they came home Thursday night and found a suspicious looking box postmarked in Germany on their rear deck. The package was leaning against their back door.
The police, who received the call around 7:20 p.m., notified the Essex County Bomb Squad. The box was x-rayed and deemed to be safe, Chief Mark Deuer said.
Deuer said when the box was opened two books lay inside. Turns out they had been ordered by one of the family’s “adult kids.”
The chief said no one was sure why the books came from Germany when they were ordered from an American website. He said the family also thought it was strange the package was delivered to the rear of the house.