Briefcase is empty in bomb scare


Evening rush-hour traffic came to a standstill yesterday in parts of downtown Baltimore and southbound lanes of the Jones Falls Expressway after a briefcase was found abandoned outside an entrance at the city police headquarters in the 600 block of E. Fayette St.

While members of the bomb squad prepared to neutralize what turned out to be an empty briefcase, police shut the northbound entrance and southbound exit of the expressway, as well as the parallel blocks along Fayette and Baltimore streets and kept pedestrians more than a block away.

After attaching an explosive device to the briefcase, a bomb squad member detonated the charge that destroyed it with a blast that echoed off surrounding buildings, police said.

"There was nothing in the briefcase, including anything indicating who owned it," said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

By 5:45 p.m., traffic had returned to normal. Police kept what was left of the briefcase.

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