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Empty luggage causes scare at Winston-Salem race

Posted May 5, 2013

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— A piece of luggage near a trash can at the finish line of Sunday morning's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Winston-Salem prompted local police to evacuate the area of an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people.

WFMY-TV in Greensboro reported that a public safety officer at Salem College noticed the suspicious item on Salem Street around 10:30 a.m. after the area had already been checked prior to the event.

The Winston-Salem Police Department's Hazardous Device Disposal team later determined the luggage was empty.

Police cleared the scene and race organizers and participants were allowed to return to the area about an hour later.

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  • JAT May 7, 2013

    sounds like a drill. no one would leave an empty suitcase at an event like that for reason.

  • bernireed May 7, 2013

    Probably something people do every day but no one ever thought twice about it before.

  • bjmurra2 May 6, 2013

    Probably someone who was throwing it away, since you know, it was at a trash can...

  • Mrs.DarylDixon May 6, 2013

    if this was a prank it's not very funny. who would just leave an empty suitcase in the street?