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'Suspicious' backpack prompts downtown Hurley evacuation

Contents of bag remain under investigation

 

Larry Holcombe/Daily Globe

A Marathon-Oneida County Bomb Squad technician approaches what authorities called “a suspicious backpack” near the door of Gogebic Taconite office in downtown Hurley Saturday afternoon. After X-raying the satchel remotely, the squad determined there was no danger. Authorities had cordoned off four square blocks around the office located in the 400 block of Silver Street, causing businesses to close and residents to leave their dwellings for more than 6 hours during the middle of the day.

HURLEY — A backpack left near the front door of Gogebic Taconite’s office in downtown Hurley led to the evacuation of the area for more than six hours Saturday until a bomb squad declared there was no threat.

Gogebic Taconite personnel located the backpack near the front door of their office at 402 Silver St. Saturday morning and reported it as a “suspicious item” to police at about 10 a.m., according to Hurley Police Chief Dan Erspamer.

Police cordoned off a four-square block area of downtown, evacuating businesses and apartments along Silver Street, as well as houses on the north...



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