Bomb squad removes backpack left near Colorado Judicial building

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A bomb technician removes a suspicious backpack left near the state Capitol building on April 19, 2013.

A bomb technician removes a suspicious backpack left near the state Capitol building on April 19, 2013.

DENVER — A busy intersection was momentarily closed and subject to heavy police activity just south of the state Capitol Friday afternoon, after police discovered an abandoned backpack in the area.

A bomb squad was called in to inspect the suspicious item near the intersection of East 13th Avenue and Lincoln Street shortly after noon.

As of 1:20 p.m., a suited-up bomb technician was in the process of examining and removing the backpack from the area. Shortly thereafter, the bomb squad cleared the suspicious package and all activity in the area returned to normal.

Denver Police spokesperson Sonny Jackson confirmed the threat had been averted, but was not able to confirm the contents of the backpack.

“We don’t know what was in the suspicious package,” Jackson said. “But thankfully this incident turned out to be nothing. We have deemed it to be not harmful.”

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