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AURORA, Colo. --It's not exactly what you want to see in your neighborhood: the Arapahoe County Bomb Squad. However, the squad was at the scene of a vacant house after receiving reports about the second "suspicious" device in Aurora on Friday.

Aurora police were notified at 2 p.m. Friday that contractors were cleaning out the basement of a home in the 16100 block of E. Mercer Cir., when they found a briefcase that appeared to have an explosive device inside.

According to Cassidee Carlson with Aurora police, a lieutenant on the scene said they spoke to the previous homeowner who told police the briefcase was non-explosive.

The Arapahoe County bomb squad confirmed the device was not an explosive, but they did one final sweep of the basement to be on the safe side.

East Mercer Circle opened up about an hour later.

Homes on both sides of the house were evacuated earlier in the afternoon, and emergency notifications were also sent out to those in the neighborhood.

Students being let out at nearby Mission Viejo Elementary were advised that they could not walk that way home earlier Friday afternoon. Officers were posted at the location to ensure no students come close to the house.