Suspicious backpack in Downtown Memphis deemed harmless

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department blocked off multiple streets and evacuated Beale Street Landing after a 'suspicious package' was reported Tuesday night.

Police were flagged down by someone who saw the item at Beale Street and Riverside Drive near the Amtrak tracks. Officers located a backpack on a handrail near the trolley stop at Riverside.

Streets in the area around Wagner Street and Beale Street were blocked off Tuesday night, just after 7 p.m., as police investigated the backpack. Police also evacuated Tom Lee Park and Beale Street Landing for precautionary measures.

Police later deemed the backpack harmless.

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