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UPDATE 7 P.M FRIDAY: Fort Collins Police said the suspicious item that caused a shutdown of North College Avenue on Friday was an auto part called an advanced capacitor that was likely put in a mailbox for return to an auto parts store.
“I’m grateful for the fast response of officers, Bomb Squad, and area public safety partners who provided support,” said Patrol Assistant Chief Kristy Volesky in a news release. “Calling police was absolutely the right thing to do in this situation, and we always encourage people to report suspicious circumstances to law enforcement for investigation.”
FCPS called in the Northern Colorado Bomb Squad after receiving a tip about the item just after 1 p.m. Friday. The road remained closed for approximately three hours as the investigation continued.
A section of North College Avenue closed for about two hours Friday afternoon while Fort Collins police investigated a suspicious item found near the road.
North College Avenue between Vine Drive and Conifer Street was closed in both directions starting about 1:50 p.m. Friday, Fort Collins Police Services posted on Twitter.
The item was removed and the road reopened as of 4:09 p.m., when police posted another update on Twitter, saying the investigation was ongoing.
Officers had been called to the 1100 block of North College Avenue on a report of a “suspicious item” near the roadway, spokesperson Kate Kimble said.
The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad was called to investigate. Poudre Fire Authority was on standby to assist as needed, according to a tweet.
Businesses in the area were evacuated, Kimble said.
The Lyric posted to Facebook on Friday afternoon that “there is a bomb threat near us” and businesses on North College Avenue are closing. Their free Blues Jam even scheduled for Friday afternoon is now “on pause until further notice,” the post read.
“I’ll admit this is a new one for us,” the post read.
This story will be updated if more information becomes available.
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