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Suspicious package closes section of downtown Bismarck

January 31, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A suspicious package shut down a section of downtown Bismarck, including the federal building.

A federal court security officer found the priority mail package in the bushes in front of the William L. Guy Federal Building Thursday afternoon, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Workers in the building, which houses U.S. District Court and the post office, were told to shelter in place and area streets were shut down. Gate City Bank across the street went on lockdown.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the Marshals Service determined the contents of the package were suspicious, but not a danger to the public. Investigators did not disclose the contents.

The scene was cleared and traffic resumed about two hours later. Federal and local authorities continue to investigate.