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Durham Officers Spot Suspicious Package In Car

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DURHAM, N.C. — A major Durham intersection was closed and over a dozen homes evacuated Friday evening after a suspicious package was found.

Durham police said that around 5:40 p.m., officers stopped a car stopped near the intersection of Broad Street and Guess Road. While searching the vehicle, they found a weapon and a briefcase in the back seat of the car. When they opened the briefcase, several wires, a metal box, flashing lights and items that resembled sticks of dynamite were found.

The driver told the officer that the briefcase was a Halloween prank that was still in his car. However, authorities closed the intersection and evacuated homes in the area as the bomb squad investigated the briefcase.

Durham police said the briefcase was found not to be a bomb, and they reopened the affected area. Charges are pending against the car's driver, police said.