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Durham police blow up suspicious suitcase

Posted March 15, 2010

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— A Durham County bomb squad on Monday detonated a suitcase that was left in a park near Northgate Mall.

A resident saw a man leave the suitcase behind a park bench at the corner of Sovereign and Albany streets at about 2:30 p.m. Members of the Durham Police Department's Biological-Chemical Emergency Response Team and the Durham County Sheriff's Office bomb squad responded to the scene and asked nearby residents to leave their homes.

The bomb squad tried to X-ray the suitcase twice, but experts couldn't determine from the images whether any explosives or hazardous materials were inside. So they blew up the suitcase.

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  • chargernut69 Mar 16, 2010

    cool WRAL... so it was full of WHAT ?

  • ghimmy51 Mar 16, 2010

    No folks let's just call it what it usually is on WRAL: poor journalism and reporters who either can't or won't fill in the details of a story.

  • Caveman93 Mar 16, 2010

    and they found.....?

  • thefensk Mar 16, 2010

    hgz48 made the comment I wanted to make. If you don't know what is in it, you don't blow it up. Well, this article is so short, perhaps they blew it up inside some sort of containment. We're all still alive so I guess it was okay.

  • Local_NC_Native Mar 16, 2010

    I think RKBA was just pointing out that a sentence is not supposed to start with a conjunction (and/but/or/nor/yet/so/for).

  • dacoty Mar 16, 2010

    RKBA - What an awesome, constructive comment! if you don't like the reporting, go do your own.

  • Trabman_san Mar 16, 2010

    What did they find after blowing it up?

  • Jack Flash Mar 16, 2010

    Suspicious? What, people can't move to Durham or something?

  • WHEEL Mar 16, 2010

    If it had been radioactive or a bio hazzard it would now be scattered across half of Durham. Good move DPD.

  • WRALSUCKS Mar 16, 2010

    "but experts couldn't determine from the images whether any explosives or hazardous materials were inside. So they blew up the suitcase."

    Great bit of journalism.

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