Days after the Boston Marathon attacks, police in the Miami area spent a busy day responding to suspected bombs that turned out to be harmless.
The string of scares came roughly 48 hours after homemade explosives killed at least three people along the iconic race route. With terrorism anxieties renewed and authorities urging more vigilance, local officials say they’re not surprised by the increase in reports of menacing objects and potential hidden bombs.
Among the Thursday’s alerts:
Miami police sent a bomb squad to the location at Southwest 29th Avenue and 25th Terrace, but the owner of the discarded pot came out to claim it.
The bomb squad did detonate that object in a secure device, as is the procedure for a suspicious looking object. There was no bomb.
Hours later, a second Sweetwater release said the object that caused the alarm was an envelope that had the president’s name written on it, as well as the name “Clinton.” The brief release had no mention of bomb technicians finding anything menacing in the envelope, but said an investigation remains “open.”