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Suspicious Package Found on Virginia Tech Campus


Update:  5:20 p.m.:

For the second Friday in a row, the State Police bomb squad was called to the Virginia Tech campus for a suspicious package left unattended.

Both incidents happened at the Smart Bus stop next to Squires Student Center, and both packages turned out to be harmless.

Police responded to that bus stop, along Alumni Mall, about 10:30 a.m. Friday after a large suitcase was left unattended.

That forced the mall to be closed for about three hours as State Police experts made their way to campus.

As they did, the owner of the suitcase returned and opened it for authorities - who then cleared the scene just after 1:30 p.m.

"Whenever we have something like that we have to err on the side of caution and do what we have to do to make sure that everyone is safe and secure. A piece of luggage that is abandoned can contain just about anything so we don't want to take any chances because we don't want anyone to get hurt," said Major Kevin Foust with Virginia Tech's Police Department.

Both situations over the past week happened at the bus stop that connects directly with Roanoke Regional Airport via the Smart Bus. 

Update: 2:10 p.m.:

A State Police bomb squad has cleared the suspicious package and the area has re-opened.



Blacksburg, VA - The area around Squires and Alumni Mall at Virginia Tech is closed for investigation of a suspicious package. VTPD is on scene.

At approximately 10:31 a.m. Friday, the Virginia Tech Police Department received a report of a suspicious package left along Alumni Mall near Squires Student Center.

Virginia Tech Police responded by securing the area as they investigate the nature of the package.

Please avoid this area until further notice.

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