Suitcase at downtown bus station prompts bomb squad callout

Published On: Mar 20 2013 12:59:04 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 20 2013 01:28:56 PM EDT

A suitcase that was left by a man at the bus station downtown Wednesday morning prompted a bomb squad callout by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Investigators determined nothing dangerous was inside and removed the suit case just before 1:30 p.m.

The bomb squad was called to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority station in the 200 block of West Union Street at about 11:30 a.m. when an officer working at the station saw the large suitcase underneath a column.

Police reviewed surveillance video and said a man placed the suitcase there at about 8:30 a.m. then left.

The station was evacuated and closed.

State and Union streets were blocked off on each side of the bus stop for about two hours.


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