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Styrofoam prompts suspicious package call at State Fairgrounds

Posted April 25, 2013 5:28 p.m. EDT
Updated April 25, 2013 6:55 p.m. EDT

— Police closed Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh briefly Thursday afternoon to investigate reports of a suspicious package, which turned out to be pieces of polystyrene foam, a state Department of Agriculture spokesman said.

Someone going to North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine who parked at the State Fairgrounds, shortly after 4 p.m., reported the item which was on the road outside Gate 10.

Authorities closed Blue Ridge Road, from Hillsborough Street to Trinity Road, to investigate and found that it was pieces of yellow foam wrapped in red duct tape, Agriculture Department spokesman Brian Long said.

The Raleigh Police Department's bomb team confirmed that the item was harmless.

Blue Ridge Road reopened less than an hour later.