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Update: Suspicious Briefcase Not a Danger

Bomb squad determined the brown briefcase left next to Capital One Bank on East Ridgewood Avenue Tuesday afternoon to be empty.

Update at 5:14 p.m: A law enforcement source says the suspicious briefcase – upon X-ray examinations – appears empty and is harmless. 

An x-ray determined a suspicious brown briefcase left on the sidewalk next to Capital One Bank was empty and not a danger to the public, according to authorities.

Police and fire officials closed East Ridgewood Avenue just before 4 p.m. between Broad Street and Chestnut Street on report from a bank employee that the suitcase was left unattended, police captain Jacqueline Luthcke said.

Residents in the apartments were evacuated and shop workers told to stay clear of windows.

The county bomb squad took x-rays of the briefcase and found the case was empty, a detective said. The road was reopened at around 5:15 p.m.

A similar incident occurred in summer of 2011. The . Trains and buses are still running.

Detectives will be investigating why the briefcase was left unattended.

Stay tuned for updates on this breaking news story.

No One September 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM
This probably will turn out to be nothing, but I do not mind any inconvenience. Imagine if this does turn out to be something bad, then this was worth it.
James Kleimann September 04, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Yep, it was nothing. Road reopened at around 5:15 p.m.
SLDon September 04, 2012 at 10:26 PM
In light of the times we live in, better safe than sorry.
JAFO September 05, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I find it interesting that "residents in the apartments were evacuated" while shop workers were simply "told to stay clear of windows."
Ridgewooder September 05, 2012 at 01:08 AM
In this day and age, people who inconvenience the public in this manner should be locked up. FOREVER.
jp1 September 05, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Ridgewooder i think you are starting to lose it.
RdgwdGRock September 05, 2012 at 03:52 PM
why is this still shown, a day later, as Breaking News?

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