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Bag of clothes triggers bomb scare

By Staff reports
Chris Dorst
Lt. Keith Vititoe of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department bomb squad investigates a suspicious package left in front of the Baptist Temple in Charleston on Monday. It turned out to be a garbage bag full of clothes.
Chris Dorst Children return to Christ Church United Methodist following a bomb scare on Morris and Quarrier streets Monday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bomb scare that shut down several streets on the city's East End Monday morning turned out to be clothes in a duffel bag.

Authorities shut down the 1200 block of Quarrier Street and the 200 and 300 blocks of Morris Street around 9:30 a.m. after an unattended package was reported on the sidewalk in front of the Baptist Temple.

The Baptist Temple, Christ Church United Methodist across the street and some nearby businesses were briefly evacuated.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department bomb squad found a black plastic garbage bag. Inside was a black duffel bag full of clothes.

Kanawha County Sheriff's Department spokesman Cpl. Brian Humphreys said a homeless person apparently left the bag behind. He said no bomb threats had been received.

Authorities reopened the streets around 9:45 a.m.


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