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RTA police: No explosives found in suspicious bag

11:52 AM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- RTA Police say a suspicious backpack found at a rapid station contained personal items and no explosives.

Concern over the backpack prompted an evacuation of the RTA station at East 55th and Woodland as well as adjacent RTA buildings and some homes.

The bomb squad and ATF were called in to assist.

The backpack was found just before 9 a.m. and the bag was determined to be safe just before noon.

There were several highway and ramp closures as a result of the investigation.  As soon as police gave the all-clear, ODOT reopened I-490 east and westbound including the I-77 ramps.

RTA says all service on the Red, Blue and Green Lines is also being restored. 

The evacuation comes one day after the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As a result of the bombings, security in cities has been increased.

In Cleveland, police have increased patrols and put the bomb squad on stand-by.

People are being asked to be extra-vigilant and report any suspicious activity to authorities.

WKYC-TV

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