Suspicious Backpack Prompts Evacuation of Philadelphia City Hall

SEPTA lines also stopped because of situation

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    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.