All-clear given after suitcase found near Champaign police station
CHAMPAIGN - A suspicious suitcase investigated by the University of Illinois and Champaign police bomb squad near the Champaign police station turned out to be harmless.
The suitcase contained equipment used to detect leaks in swimming pools, said Champaign police spokeswoman Rene Dunn.
Dunn said a passerby noticed the suitcase sitting across the street from the police department's front door on North First Street at about 11:20 a.m. Monday. That person went into the station to let police know about it, Dunn said.
The bomb squad, also known as the explosive ordnance disposal team, was called in as a precautionary measure, and traffic was shut down in the area. Businesses in the area were also notified, Dunn said.
After the bomb squad gave the all-clear, the streets were reopened to traffic by 1 p.m.