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Suspicious briefcase blown up by Monroe Police

Posted: Updated: April 16, 2013 12:53 AM
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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A suspicious briefcase found across the street from the federal courthouse in downtown Monroe has been blown up by police.

Chief Quentin Holmes said there were clothing items inside the briefcase along with some suspicious wiring. However, Holmes said the items were not linked to any explosive material.

Police were initially called out to the area along Jackson Street near 10:00 P.M. Monday.

Police said the object was likely harmless, but all safety precautions were taken.  Sgt. Mark Johnson tells KNOE 8 News that someone called and claimed to be the owner of the briefcase, but police moved forward with destroying it anyway.

The chief says once they speak with the person Tuesday claiming to be the owner of the bag, they will decide on if there will be any charges. Holmes says if the incident was an accident, the person will not be charged.

No one was hurt.  Traffic in the area is back to normal.

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