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Suspicious package investigation: Object non-explosive, Schenectady police say

Suspicious package investigation: Object non-explosive, Schenectady police say

Suspicious package investigation: Object non-explosive, Schenectady police say
The scene Sunday afternoon; The object wrapped in foil (top right); The object unwrapped (bottom right)
Photographer: Kassie Parisi/Gazette Reporter; Schenectady Police (insets)

SCHENECTADY -- City police responded to a report of a suspicious package Sunday afternoon. Ultimately, the device was deemed non-explosive, police said.

The scene was near the intersection of Lenox and Douglas roads in Schenectady, police wrote on Twitter at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

Police asked the public to avoid the area as the investigation continued.  It has since wrapped up at the scene and the roads have reopened, police said.

The call came in just before 3 p.m. from a passerby about an object on the Douglas Road sidewalk. Officers arrived to find an object wrapped in tinfoil. It was ticking and had two wires hanging out at the end, police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey McCutcheon said.

The state police bomb squad responded and soon determined the object to be a security tag commonly attached to store merchandise, McCutcheon said. The theory is that the foil had been placed around the tag in an attempt to prevent it from working, he said.

The roads were shut down for about 90 minutes, police said.

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