A suspicious duffel bag found on a bench outside the Criminal Justice Center was a bag of clothes, police said.
The portion of the building occupied by the police department was evacuated after the black bag was found outside the building at 8:30 a.m., according to Metro police spokesman Don Aaron, who noted the plaza in front of the A.A. Birch Building was also cleared.
The bomb squad was called out to investigate. They determined the bag contained only clothing — nothing hazardous — and reopened the area at 10:30 a.m.
Roads surrounding the CJC — including parts of James Robertson Parkway, Second Avenue North, Gay Street and Third Avenue North — have reopened.