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Suspicious package on campus prompts Bomb Squad

A suspicious package, which turned out to be empty, was reported to Ohio State Police and led to parts of High Street being closed for more than an hour.

University police received a call around 10 p.m. Thursday of a suspicious package at the bus stop on the High Street side of Ramseyer Hall, near the corner of High Street and Woodruff Avenue, according to University police reports.

A perimeter was quickly set, and vehicle and pedestrian traffic was diverted away from the affected area. University police diverted traffic between 17th Avenue and Woodruff avenue. Paul Denton, chief of University police, said occupants of nearby businesses were advised of the situation.

The Columbus Division of Fire Bomb Squad was notified and arrived on location, along with many other emergency-response vehicles.

The Bomb Squad deployed its robot to investigate the package.

The Bomb Squad also decided to shoot the package with a “water shot.” After the package was hit with the water shot, Bomb Squad officials in a bomb-safe suit moved closer to investigate the package. The package was deemed to be safe. University police report said nothing was in the package.

At about midnight, the situation was deemed safe and responders left the area.

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