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Monroe St. now open, suspicious object found not to be dangerous

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Monroe Street has reopened after a suspicious package turned out to be a bottle wrapped in tape. Monroe Street has reopened after a suspicious package turned out to be a bottle wrapped in tape.

SYLVANIA, OH (Toledo News Now) – Monroe Street has reopened in Sylvania after a bomb scare closed the roadway for about two and a half hours Wednesday.

Officials from the Sylvania Police Department say a suspicious package was found around 9 a.m. Wednesday. The Toledo Police Bomb Squad was called to the intersection of Monroe Street and Silica Drive to inspect the package.

Police say the object was a water bottle wrapped in tape. After examination by the Sylvania Fire Department and the Northwest Ohio Bomb Squad, the bottle was found not to be dangerous.

The bottle was on a public sidewalk in front of Maplewood Elementary School. Although school was not in session at the time, a daycare operating inside the school moved students to another part of the building due to the object.

Sylvania Police say no one was ever in danger, and the bottle was inspected and the road shut down out of an abundance of caution. 

Officials say it is better to be overcautious.

"Our officers and our fire service here wanted to take every precaution. It is close to a public street, close to a school building. Although school is not in session, the building is still utilized in the summer, and we want to take every precaution that we can to keep our public safe," explained Capt. Rick Schnoor with the SPD.

Schnoor says if people see suspicious items they should report it to the police.

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