Bomb Squad called for unattended backpack

Falls Police Give All Clear

NIAGARA FALLS, NY--  The "all-clear" has been given after an abandoned backpack was found in Niagara Falls earlier Monday afternoon. 

Niagara Street was closed between 1st and 3rd streets in Niagara Falls as police checked out the unattended backpack.

A city worker made the discovery around 2 P.M. 

Niagara Falls Police Chief Bryan DalPorto called the backpack 'potentially suspicious' after it was first found and said the department's bomb squad and robot were on site.

After the all-clear was given, DalPorto said there were "several indicators" that the abandoned backpack could be dangerous, including that it was found near a power box and close to the Rainbow Bridge. 

After the backpack was searched by robots and officials on the scene, it was announced no dangerous items were found. 

A personal cell phone was found inside the backpack and officials said they may try to use it to find the backpack's owner. 

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said via a tweet that an Erie County bomb squad and its robot also responded to the scene. 

Five agencies in total responded, including the Niagara County Sheriff, the New York State Police bomb squad and the New York State Park Police. 




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