Unattended backpack near Capitol Square closed streets, I-95 south exit ramp

Posted at 10:54 AM, Jan 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-07 16:44:05-05

RICHMOND, Va. – Capitol Police investigated a suspicious package spotted near the General Assembly building Wednesday morning.

As a result, streets were blocked off around 9th and Broad streets near Capitol Square snarled traffic on Broad in both directions near VCU's MCV campus.

Additionally, VDOT said that the I-95 south exit ramp to Broad Street west (Exit 74C) was closed for almost two hours because of the police activity.

As of 12:50 p.m., a Google traffic map showed streets were still closed as well as the I-95 south ramp.

Authorities said that no evacuations were necessary because the potential threat was centralized to a small part of the square.

Capitol Police said Wednesday afternoon that that the item was an unattended backpack that posed "no hazard."

Officials said this is the third recent suspicious package incident that has closed down streets near Capitol Square.