Police now say the item at the center of the incident was a package of phone books.
The Belleville Police Department led the investigation into the suspicious package which was located outside of the Medical Arts Building 180 S. 3rd St Belleville.
The building is associated with St Elizabeth Hospital. Hospital administration ordered 150 people to evacuate two buildings as a precaution. Both Belleville Police and Fire units were involved in the investigation.
Long lines are being reported at Lambert Airport this morning due to sequestration.
What happens in the air today is being closely watched. Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country yesterday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts.
Today is a heavier air traffic day and is seen as the first big test with the furloughs in place.
Passengers at Los Angeles International Airport met with long delays and flight cancellations yesterday - as furloughs for air traffic controllers kicked in under the federal budget "sequester."
Here is what a Southwest Airlines ticket agent telling frustrated passengers a flight to Las Vegas was canceled."Get angry. Get irritated. It's not gonna make it good. We don't want you to be here. We didn't know this was gonna happen, trust me."
Passengers are urged to check on the status of their flight before heading to Lambert Airport on Monday.
The St. Louis Major Case Squad is investigating a murder in Overland. Police were called to a home in the 9900 block of Iveland about 10 PM Sunday.
Police found a 22-year-old man who'd been shot to death just inside the front door of his home. Witnesses reported seeing three or four men fleeing from the scene.
Investigators are expected to release more information later Monday morning.