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‘Bomb’ backpack in downtown Spokane deemed safe

A backpack labeled “bomb” was found in downtown Spokane today, but police say it contained nothing dangerous.

A citizen found the backpack in a parking lot near 119 S. Howard St. and called police just after 8 a.m. The surrounding area was closed while the bomb squad responded. They determined the backpack was filled with clothing, and area streets and sidewalks reopened within an hour and a half.

Police remind citizens of the ongoing safety awareness campaign “See something. Say something.”

“While this particular backpack was not a credible threat, the community response was absolutely appropriate,” spokeswoman officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release. “Spokane Police wish to thank our concerned citizens for taking the time to keep our community safe.”