PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A suspicious package was found in downtown Phoenix Tuesday night and police told people to stay away from the transit center at Central Avenue and Van Buren Street.
Light rail and bus service were affected, along with rush hour traffic.
With some of the incidents we've seen lately, police took this possible threat very seriously.
After a worker reported two large suspicious objects near the light rail platform that were unattended, the police bomb squad was called in. They cordoned off the area, shut down all bus and light rail service while the bomb robot moved in and got a closer look at the objects.
The bomb robot hit the objects with a high-powered water blast to break them open. It turns out that the objects weren't bombs. They were camping equipment.
Everyone is okay, but bus and light rail passengers were caught in the shut down.
"They went backwards instead of forwards.. dropped us off at 1st Street and Jefferson," said Anthony Revis, a light rail passenger.
"They initially appeared t be camping stoves," said
Service alert (final): Central Station has reopened. All @valleymetro service returning to normal.— Valley Metro (@valleymetro) December 9, 2015
PHXPD have given an all clear regarding suspicious package DT.— ASU Police (@ASUPolice) December 9, 2015
@valleymetro rail service resuming. Central Station remains closed as police continue investigation.— Valley Metro (@valleymetro) December 9, 2015
Loud Bangs heard near DT is PHXPD disposing of suspicious pkg. continue to stay clear— ASU Police (@ASUPolice) December 9, 2015
Due to investigation shuttles from DT to West, pick up @ Taylor Place residential— ASU Police (@ASUPolice) December 9, 2015
Due to investigation Shuttles from DT to West, pick up @ 1st & Polk— ASU Police (@ASUPolice) December 9, 2015
ASU Advisory -Downtown, Phx PD invest. suspicious pkg Central & VB Light Rail, avoid area questions to PXHPD at 602-262-6151— ASU Police (@ASUPolice) December 9, 2015