Suspicious package delays traffic near Government Center, declared not dangerous

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 18, 2013 

Columbus Police and Muscogee County Sheriff's Office Deputies determined that a suspicious package found near the Government Center was non-threatening Thursday afternoon.

A citizen called authorities early afternoon to report a suspicious package at the corner of 10th Street and Second Avenue, near the old location of the tag office. After a HAZMAT team and bomb technicians examined the scene, the package was determined not to be a threat.

"There were no explosives and no contraband in it," said Sheriff Maj. Randy Robertson. "It looks like it was just a misplaced package."

Traffic was temporarily backed up near 10th Street and Second Avenue at about 1 p.m. while investigators rendered the package safe. Traffic flow returned to normal by 1:45 p.m.

Although the package was not a threat, Robertson said the citizen's actions in reporting the package and the quick response of law enforcement was a sign of how seriously the community takes potential threats.

"We're glad that the citizen reported it," Robertson said. "We go by the motto, 'See something, say something.' If you see something that's out of the ordinary, don't hesitate to report it. We'll check it out."

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