Hartford streets reopen after suspicious package investigation - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Hartford streets reopen after suspicious package investigation

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Conlin Whitehead Highway, Arch Street and Columbus Boulevard all reopened around 10:30 a.m. after a bomb threat investigation in Hartford Friday morning.

Police responded to the scene around 8:30 a.m.

An officer on scene said they were investigating a metal, suitcase-sized package found in a lot on the corner of Arch Street and Columbus Boulevard. The Hartford Bomb Squad was called in to investigate.

Cars were not allowed to travel on Columbus Boulevard during the investigation, which caused traffic to backup after getting off Interstate 91. Some businesses were evacuated in the area, including the Arch Street Tavern.

"I noticed an officer over there directing traffic. I didn't know what was going on until word got around there was a bomb scare," said Mike Black of Hartford. "We just kept working."

There is no word yet on what was inside the package. However, the suspicious package was not ruled a threat to public safety.

"That's reassuring, I'm glad someone did that," said Mira Chadoud of Arch Street Tavern.

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