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Suspicious Package Not A Threat To USC Campus

A police robot checking the suspicious package A police robot checking the suspicious package
Columbia and University police closed off Assembly and Blossom streets during the investigation. Columbia and University police closed off Assembly and Blossom streets during the investigation.

By:  Sarah Travis

The intersection of Blossom and Assembly Streets on the USC campus was blocked off by Columbia Police around 9:30 a.m. today because of reports of a "suspicious package" in the Assembly Street median.  The package was what appeared to be a brown paper bag.

Police closed down a two block radius during the investigation as the Columbia Police bomb squad brought in a robot to check the bag.  The robot was moved into position to check out the bag and, later, police used it to fire a water cannon at the package.

Police inspected the remains of the package and its contents and say it was no threat.

Witnesses say the bag was filled with a box of gingerbread cookies that were scattered across Assembly street in the water blast.

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