Suspicious Backpack Prompts Evacuation of Philadelphia City Hall

SEPTA lines also stopped because of situation

Sunday, Jun 23, 2013  |  Updated 11:09 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Backpack Forces Evacuation of Philly City Hall

halfthetime/Instagram

advertisement

Philadelphia City Hall was evacuated after a suspicious package was found in the transit station below the 112 year old building.

Philadelphia Police say a SEPTA employee found an unattended bag left unattended at a ticket counter in front of the transit authority's City Hall station.

Officers and the bomb squad were dispatched to the station at 15th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. Sunday to check out the bag.

Police evacuated the station, which serves as a hub for three transit lines, and Philadelphia City Hall as they inspected the package.

SEPTA also stopped all trains from entering the City Hall Station, which serves as a transit hub for three lines -- the Broad Street Subway, Market-Frankford El and Subway-Surface Trolley line.

A bomb-sniffing dog and his partner gave the all clear about a half-hour later at 5 a.m. Sunday.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
FlyeredUp: Win 2 Tickets to Flyers Playoff Game
Win two tickets to the first 2014... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out