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