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April 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Downtown Seattle streets reopen after backpack deemed safe

A bomb robot, right, is brought in to examine the backpack, seen at the center of this photo (Seattle police photo)

The streets around Third Avenue and Yesler Way have been reopened after Seattle police determined an unattended backpack did not contain explosives.

The area was closed to vehicular traffic after a police officer and bomb-sniffing K-9 spotted the backpack around 10 a.m. Police spokeswoman Renee Witt said the officer and dog were on a patrol that was ordered in the wake of Monday’s explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon.

“After yesterday, we have to act with an abundance of caution,” said Witt.

Police bomb/arson personnel used a bomb robot to examine the backpack, which was determined to be safe. The backpack contained a hair dryer and electronics, police said.

 

 

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