NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A backpack filled with papers was found to be what was reported as a suspicious package in Norfolk Wednesday morning.
Battalion Chief Julian Williamson with Norfolk Fire and Rescue said the bomb squad was on scene at the corner of Reservoir Avenue and Bond Street. A black bag was found at the location around 6:40 a.m.
Around 9:15 a.m., a robot blew up the package and lifted the bag, overturning it to empty its contents. Crews then sifted through the items and found it to be a backpack filled with notebooks and papers.
Cheryl Bates-Lee with Norfolk State University told WAVY.com Phyllis Wheatley Hall was evacuated because of the incident. Students were told they could go to another residence hall. All students were safe. Phyllis Wheatley Hall is the closest building owned by Norfolk State to the scene.
A one block radius around Reservoir Avenue and Bond Street was closed to pedestrians and vehicles and has since reopened.
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