State Capitol evacuated, roads blocked off after bomb threat

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LANSING (WJRT) (12/4/2018) - A bomb threat near the State Capitol in Lansing led to evacuations and shelter in place orders.

However, an investigation turned up no danger to the area.

The Lansing Police Department received a call around 1:30 p.m. for a suspicious backpack left at a postal drop box at the corner of Allegan and Townsend streets across from the Capitol, according to WILX.

A police bomb-sniffing K-9 indicated the backpack might be suspicious, so the Michigan State Police brought a robot to investigate further. The area was evacuated, including the State Senate and federal buildings, during the investigation.

People in the Capitol also sheltered in place.

Police cleared the scene and lifted all evacuation orders after determining the backpack did not pose a threat.

Lawmakers are debating controversial changes to a citizen initiative on Tuesday that would increase Michigan's minimum wage to $12 an hour and mandate paid sick leave from employers.

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