Bomb squad gives all clear after investigating red cooler in downtown Norfolk

Norfolk

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A red cooler in downtown Norfolk that was initially deemed suspicious was given the all clear by the bomb squad Thursday afternoon.

The cooler was reported by a police officer Thursday morning, and was on the sidewalk next to light rail tracks at Monticello Avenue and E. Charlotte St., near the Norfolk Scope and Norfolk district courthouse.

Photos from a WAVY viewer show a robot and a bomb squad member in a protective suit approach the cooler.

Police and fire units set up down the street next to the courthouse and blocked off Monticello Avenue while the bomb squad investigated.

Police didn’t say what was in the cooler, but gave the all clear at 1:23 p.m.

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