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 Third Avenue near University Street in downtown Seattle was closed for about two hours Monday evening while police examined what was reported as a suspicious package.

Once the item was examined and determined to be harmless, the area was reopened to traffic.

Seattle Police Det. Jeff Kappel said the call came in at 6:39 p.m. that a suspicious item had been placed in a “public trash disposal.”

Arson and bomb squad investigators responded, and were able to determine through a  scan that the item was not dangerous, Kappel said, without elaborating on what was found.

Traffic through the area resumed about 8:30 p.m.