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Suspicious package on city bus was a suitcase

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A suspicious package found on a city transit bus in West Haven has caused an evacuation at the University of New Haven. (iwitness) A suspicious package found on a city transit bus in West Haven has caused an evacuation at the University of New Haven. (iwitness)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A suspicious package found on a city transit bus in West Haven that caused an evacuation at the University of New Haven ended up being a suitcase filled with clothing.

School officials had said said three halls, including Bayer Hall, Beckerman, and a Subway restaurant were all evacuated as West Haven police investigated the incident.

The bus stopped on Boston Post Road, in front of Subway, when the suitcase was found. No passengers on the bus claimed the suitcase so the bus driver called 911 and evacuated the bus as a precaution.

"The bus had four passengers on it. All of whom were evacuated," said West Haven Police Lt. Robert Proto.

None of the halls evacuated at the university were dorms.

The suitcase was removed from the bus and the bus was allowed to leave the area. All campus entrances and roads have been reopened.

The New Haven Bomb Squad responded, and Connecticut State Police assisted.

In light of what happened last week in Paris, police said they had no choice but to take every precaution possible.

Students said they were notified via email to let them know why there was such a large police presence.

No injuries were reported, and police said they applaud the actions of the bus driver.

"The bus driver did absolutely the right thing. He got the people off the bus and he notified us immediately which is what we ask everyone to do in this situation," Proto said.

West Haven police are trying to find the owner of the suitcase. They said they believe this may have been an accident but it is still too early to tell.

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