Suspicious package scare: Portion of downtown Phoenix closed during investigation

- 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 Sgt. Vincent Lewis of the Phoenix Police Department.

Phoenix Police say they aren't on any official heightened alert because of the terror incidents in California and Paris, but they will aggressively investigate any suspicious devices that are reported to them.

Authorities gave the all-clear, but we're told one person has been taken into custody for questioning.


"On Tuesday, November 8, 2015, at around 5:25pm, a Phoenix Police Municipal Security Guard noticed suspicious items on the light-rail platform near Central Avenue and Van Buren Street. The area from 2nd Avenue to Central, Adams Street to Taylor were cordoned off and cleared while experts examined the items. This included the discharge of high-powered water charges to assist with examining the items. Once the items were determined to be safe, the area was re-opened. A temporary disruption of the light-rail trains, all traffic and buses along the route occurred," stated Lewis.

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