Miami police have reopened Northwest 12th Avenue near the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office after clearing a suspicious package found nearby outside the building, authorities said.
Officers first responded to a call shortly after 8 a.m. reporting an item on the street near the intersection of 12th Avenue and 12th Street, said police spokesman Christopher Bess. Officers then closed down the road between 11th and 14th streets, as well as the exit ramp off the Dolphin Expressway as part of the investigation.
The state attorney’s office and the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building nearby were both briefly placed on lockdown as a “precautionary measure,” Bess said.
The Miami police bomb squad, called to investigate, determined the package was not an “imminent threat” after arriving at the scene and reopened the roads around 9:40 a.m., Bess added.
By 10 a.m. there was little evidence of the bomb scare except for residual traffic jams and a few additional police officers nearby.