WESTPORT, Wash. (AP) – A ticking package that prompted employees at a Westport, Wash., post office to call police has been determined to be a hoax.

     Westport police tell KBKW News that the package was found to contain some sort of a clock with wires and some fireworks.

     Washington State Patrol Trooper Krista Hedstrom tells us that the package was left on the counter, wrapped in Christmas wrapping, and that the Bomb Squad determined it to be a hoax device. U.S. postal inspectors will take over the investigation into the matter and charges could be pending for the parties involved.

    The U.S. postal Service said that hoax devices can cause panic. A note was also found with the box but authorities did not disclose what it said.