Update 3 p.m. —

The suspicious package that drew emergency responders to Temple Beth-El in Ithaca Wednesday turned out to be a false alarm, according to Ithaca firefighters at the scene.

Everyone is okay and there appears to be no threat to anyone at the synagogue.

Firefighters stressed that they were taking precautions in searching the building.

Something in an envelope triggered the 911 call but the substance is not dangerous, firefighters said.

Earlier —

Ithaca, N.Y. — Emergency responders are on the scene of a report of a suspicious package at a synagogue in Ithaca, according to the Tompkins County 911 Dispatch Centeer.

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Ithaca firefighters and police could be seen going into Temple Beth-El around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Firefighters on scene said that they did not know the nature of the threat. We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

Officer Jamie Williamson confirmed that the responders are on scene for a report of a “suspicious package” but said he didn’t have more information.

Temple Beth-El is located on North Tioga Street a few blocks from the Ithaca Commons.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.