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Update: Bomb scare closes section of downtown

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Update: Bomb scare closes section of downtown

Westbound Congress reopened

A section of downtown was closed to traffic Wednesday afternoon following reports of a suspicious box truck in the area of Broadway Boulevard and Scott Avenue, a Tucson Police Department spokeswoman said.

Members of TPD’s bomb squad were called to the scene where a white box truck was parked near a federal courthouse at Broadway and Scott, said Maria Hawke, a TPD spokeswoman.

A canine unit alerted officers to the potential of explosives, which turned out to be ammunition in the back of the truck. The driver of the truck was interviewed and not charged, Hawke said.

TPD's Special Investigations officers, FBI agents and the U.S. Marshall's Office were called in to assist the police.

The area bordered by Pennington Street to the north, Jackson Street to the south, Stone Avenue to the west and Sixth Avenue to the east had been closed to traffic while the police worked at the scene, Hawke said. Westbound traffic on Congress has now resumed.

Broadway from Stone Avenue to Sixth Avenue, and Scott Avenue from Congress Street to Jackson Street remain closed.

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