Morristown police: Suspicious backpack checks out okay

Authorities at scene of investigation near Spring Street; a suspicious backpack proved to be harmless. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Authorities at scene of investigation near Spring Street; a suspicious backpack proved to be harmless. Photo by Berit Ollestad

 

Authorities determined that a suspicious backpack found in a Morristown plumbing store on Thursday afternoon did not contain anything harmful, according to police.

The Morris County Sheriff's Bomb Squad responded to call in Morristown. Photo by Berit Ollestad

The Morris County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad responded to call in Morristown. Photo by Berit Ollestad

“We always respond with an abundance of caution. We would rather be safe than sorry,” said Morristown Police Lt. Stuart Greer.

Police responded to T.P.S. Plumbing and Heating Supply at 1:41 pm to a report of a support of a suspicious backpack, he said.

The bomb squad and criminal investigation division of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office investigated further, Lt. Greer said. The Morristown Fire Department and the Morris County Office of Emergency Management also responded to the scene.

Spring Place was closed until the scene was cleared, around 3 pm.

    Deputy Fire Chief Jon Prachthauser, center, and Jeff Paul, Morris OEM Director, at scene in Morristown. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Deputy Fire Chief Jon Prachthauser, center, and Jeff Paul, Morris OEM Director, at scene in Morristown. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Crowd near Burger King watches authorities wrap up investigation of suspicious backpack at a plumbing supply store. Photo by Berit Ollestad

Crowd near Burger King watches authorities wrap up investigation of suspicious backpack at a plumbing supply store. Photo by Berit Ollestad

 



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