GR ‘suspicious package’ turns out to be book

Grand Rapids police close off an area of downtown after a report of a suspicious package. (May 19, 2014)
Grand Rapids police close off an area of downtown after a report of a suspicious package. (May 19, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police blocked off an area of downtown Grand Rapids for a time Monday evening after a suspicious package was found in a parking garage.

Grand Rapids police close off an area of downtown after a report of a suspicious package. (May 19, 2014)
(Grand Rapids police close off an area of downtown after a report of a suspicious package. May 19, 2014)

The package was found by Ellis Parking workers at a structure between Pearl and Lyon streets NW, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

It was a U.S. Postal Service flat-rate mailing package that was taped up. There were no apparent labels or markings indicating an address or postage, which is why it was considered suspicious, GRPD said.

A GRPD bomb squad was called to the scene and X-rayed the package to find that it was a Dick Tracy book.

The block around that structure, which includes Pearl and Lyon streets between Monroe and Ottawa avenues, was shut down for a time as police investigated. Around 9 p.m. the area was reopened to traffic.

 

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