Suspicious package in downtown SLO contained clothing, authorities say

newsroom@thetribunenews.comNovember 7, 2013 

UPDATE 12:25 p.m. The robot opened the suitcase to discover it was filled with clothing.

UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: The San Luis Obispo County Bomb Task Force is investigating a suspicious package in the alley next to the parking structure at Morro and Palm Street in San Luis Obispo.

The package is a new silver suitcase that was chained to a bike rack.

City employees noticed it Tuesday afternoon, and it was reported to police this morning.

City employees working at 999 Palm Street were evacuated at 9:15 this morning, and a perimeter has been establish in the surrounding blocks.

The Bomb Task Force began by X-raying the object but were unable to determine its contents.

They then sent an officer in full bomb-protection gear to cut the chain on the bike rack.

At around 11:45 a.m., the Bomb Task Force deployed its robot to begin attempting to open the suitcase.

Original story: The San Luis Obispo Police Department is investigating a suspicious package in downtown San Luis Obispo. Additional details are not yet available.

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