A backpack with wires leading to a battery on a bus stop bench in Pasco was not a bomb.
The Pasco police were called about the suspicious backpack found at 9 p.m. Thursday in front of the American Legion Hall at 1029 W. Sylvester St.
Police looked at the bag from a distance and, as a precaution, shut down traffic on West Sylvester Street from North 10th to North 14th avenues. Then they called the Richland Bomb Squad.
The bomb squad arrived at 10:15 p.m. and used robot to get a closer look and to take an X-ray.
“(It) appeared to be just an unfortunate collection of random junk,” said Pasco police.
The pack was removed and the streets reopened at 11:15 p.m.
Anyone with information about the backpack is asked to call the Pasco police at 509-628-0333.