Police clear scene, after suspicious package found in downtown Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)-After shutting down one of the busiest areas of downtown Lexington, Bomb Squad members cleared the scene.

"There was nothing hazardous found inside the case," explained Lt. Clayton Roberts of the Lexington Police Department.

Roberts was among the many investigators watching the Bomb Squad's robot retrieve the soft-sided briefcase from a blue, U.S Mailbox in front of the U. S. Attorney's office.

The robot moved carefully to grab the case and place it on the ground. The entire time, a team was looking at video the robot collected during the operation.

"I was tense," Francine Clay said.

Clay works in the U.S. Attorney's building and saw the briefcase.

'I was actually trying to walk out the side door and I was stopped," she said. Clay says like all others in the building, she was told to stay away from windows while police investigated.

Officers shut down the area around West Vine and Mill Streets, leaving many people working downtown stuck inside their buildings.

Police tell WKYT that a security guard saw the briefcase hanging out of the mailbox and called police at 10:20 A.M. Police determined everything was safe minutes before noon and re-opened the roads they'd closed.

While it was a minor inconvenience for some, folks like Clay say she was glad to see how seriously this situation was taken.

"It's scary. You see it other places, but I've never seen it here," she said. "I'm good now," she continued. "Now that I know it's ok, I'm ok."

Police are still trying to figure out where the briefcase came from and who it belongs to. Officers don't expect to file charges against the owner.

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