Unattended suitcase disrupts traffic in city

December 31, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic was disrupted for two hours last night while the city police bomb squad investigated a suitcase left unattended across the street from the Pratt Street Pavilion at Harborplace.

Arriving at the scene at 6:47 p.m., police blocked eastbound Pratt Street from Light to Gay streets, Commerce Street between Pratt and Lombard streets and westbound Lombard Street between Commerce and South streets.

Police blasted the suitcase and knocked it over with a remote-controlled high-pressure water gun. When officers opened it, they found clothing and traffic resumed at 8:45 p.m., police said.

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