Light rail, bus service and traffic restrictions have been lifted after police say a "suspicious" item found in downtown Phoenix has been deemed safe.
Downtown cleared and opened. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Be safe! #SeeSomethingSaySomething
— Vince Lewis (@SgtVinceLewis) December 9, 2015
Loud Bangs heard near DT is PHXPD disposing of suspicious pkg. continue to stay clear
— ASU Police (@ASUPolice) December 9, 2015
Closures downtown. 2ndAv to Central, Adams to Taylor. All traffic and peds, no access.
— Vince Lewis (@SgtVinceLewis) December 9, 201
Phoenix police identified the suspicious item as as a camping grill. It was found around 5:25 p.m. by a security guard. Twenty minutes later, he saw the grill was still there and called police.
Phx PD: Municipal Security Guard spotted the package at the downtown bus station and alerted law enforcement
— Navideh Forghani (@NavidehABC15) December 9, 2015
As police started to investigate, they said a man started interfering with their investigation.
Authorities said the man was carrying a backpack and would not obey police commands.
Officers took his backpack and took the man to police headquarters for questioning.
They investigated both the backpack and the grill. Both were deemed safe.