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Suspicious packages near Browne Street and Second Avenue contained bongs and marijuana

UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 5:53 p.m.

Two cases full of marijuana and drug paraphernalia shut down busy streets in downtown Spokane for three hours Wednesday afternoon while the bomb squad investigated.

A black case and an orange hard-sided case were found on top of a gas pump at the Mobile 1 station on the northwest corner of Browne Street and Second Avenue just before noon.

“The stuff being side by side on top of a gas pump was suspicious,” said Spokane Police Officer Josh Laiva.

The Spokane bomb squad was called to the scene. They moved the packages to the alley behind the gas station where they were examined by a robot and a person wearing a bomb suit before being declared clear of anything dangerous.

Browne and Second were closed while police investigated and the Washington State Patrol shut down eastbound and westbound Interstate 90 off-ramps at Division Street.

“With the climate we live in today, it’s better to be safe than sorry,” Laiva said. “This is one of the busiest streets in the city, but we had to shut it down.”

Though suspicious packages calls often turn out to be nothing, Laiva said officers remember the time it wasn’t - when Kevin Harpham placed a bomb in a backpack along the Martin Luther King Day Unity March route in downtown Spokane in 2011.

“That’s something we’ll always keep in our minds,” he said.

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