No explosive device inside ‘suspicious package’ in Salem


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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — No explosive devices were found inside the suspicious package police were investigating in downtown Salem on Thursday.

Around 11:15 a.m., the Salem Police Department received a report of a suspicious package left in front of an empty retail suite on High Street NE. Security video showed a man walking by the suite, dropping the bag and quickly walking away.

Because of the suspicious circumstance, SPD’s Bomb Squad was activated. However, the squad ultimately determined no explosives were inside the backpack — it just contained a sleeping bag, flashlight and other miscellaneous items. 

High Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE were both closed and occupants inside a nearby office building were evacuated as authorities investigated. All streets have since reopened.

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