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.