Evacuations in downtown Lexington after suspicious bag found

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -- Everything is now safe after a false alarm on South Limestone in Lexington.

Sunday night, police and fire units shut the entire street down after a suspicious bag was reported at McDonald's, saying they had to take this threat seriously.

"We never take this thing lightly, the citizens did a good job of letting us know something strange was going on," said Lt. Chris Young. "So we just have to take every precaution necessary and utilize our resources that we have."

The first report came in around 9 p.m. Sunday night. A witness, who did not want to be identified, said he was approached by a man who he says looked homeless he asked him for some cigarettes and a few bucks. This man said he helped him then stepped out for a smoke. When the witness came back in, the mystery man was gone but his bag was left in the middle of the restaurant.

"It just didn't seem right cause he was homeless, or I think he was homeless. Why would would he leave his bag? That was what drew the flags," said the witness.

The bomb squad geared up and prepared the robot to go in. What they found turned out to be harmless.

"It turned out to be some clothing and some miscellaneous items that belong to whoever the individual was," said Lt. Young.

The scene is now clear and the staff from McDonald's is already back inside as they continue their 24 hour service.

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