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One suspicious item harmless, authorities detonate second item

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Assembly Street closed at Lady Street (Source: Megan Old) Assembly Street closed at Lady Street (Source: Megan Old)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Two items that sparked suspicion and concern in downtown Columbia Wednesday afternoon have been deemed safe.

A spokesperson for the police department says a book bag discovered on a park bench near Lady Street and Assembly Street contained nothing but clothing.

Another book bag found near the intersection of Lady Street and Assembly Street was detonated out of precaution.

Authorities said it contained some library books. The reason for the controlled detonation was because there were some items inside investigators could not identify.

Emergency crews shut down four blocks of Assembly Street between Gervais Street and Hampton Street for approximately two hours during the investigation.

Assembly Street opened up to traffic shortly before 3 p.m.

SLED assisted the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department with the investigation.

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