Suspicious package prompts Pitt dorm evacuation, Forbes Ave. detour


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Students have returned to two University of Pittsburgh dormitories evacuated earlier, and Forbes Avenue is reopening to traffic after a report of a suspicious package.

The package was reported around 6:40 p.m. by a clerk at the UPS Store, 3945 Forbes. The city police bomb squad and hazmat team responded.

Kenneth Service, vice chancellor for communications at Pitt, said the package contained paperwork and other items identified as "scientific material." It was not a bomb and there is no danger or threat, he said.

Pittsburgh Police Sgt. Brian Elledge said the package was "probably" destined for California and that it would be "made safe" -- that is, blown up.

A surveillance video captured images of a man leaving the package, he said. There is nobody in custody tonight, Mr. Service said.

About 220 students in Brackendridge and Bruce halls were evacuated, with students advised to go to the William Pitt Union, according to a university alert.

Forbes Avenue had been closed from South Bouquet Street to Bigelow Boulevard.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published September 19, 2013 12:00 AM


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