A suspicious package spotted at the Columbus Government Center Wednesday afternoon turned out to be a fanny pack with a pair of gloves inside, authorities said.
The city’s Homeland Security department was called to the southeast corner of the building at 4:30 p.m., said Brad Hicks, the department’s director. A remote-controlled robot was used to examine the hip pack just inside the woodline, and authorities determined it wasn’t dangerous. “Nobody hurt,” Hicks said. “Turned out to be nothing hazardous.”
Government Center employees talked on cell phones or amongst themselves as they passed a deputy at First Avenue and Ninth Street who stopped traffic from approaching the scene. Fire trucks and sheriff’s cars crowded the intersection of Second Avenue and Ninth Street until the all clear sign was given just after 5 p.m.
The complex was not shut down as authorities examined the hip pack.
Hicks said the last time his unit was called out was over the weekend, when it went to an east Columbus home. That suspicious package turned out to be trash, he said.