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Threat forced everyone out of City Hall and closed nearby streets Monday morning.

COURTESY PHOTO: KXL - Portland's City Hall was evacuated Monday morning, July 15, because of a suspicious package found nearby.Portland police said a suspicious package found Monday morning near City Hall on Southwest Fourth Avenue was not a bomb.

The city's Explosive Disposal Unit checked the package and determined it wasn't an explosive device or a threat.

Central Precinct officers were called at about 9:30 a.m. July 15, after the package was found. As a precaution, police ordered City Hall evacuated and asked people in nearby buildings to stay inside. Streets around City Hall are also closed. Terry Schrunk Plaza across Fourth Avenue from City Hall also was closed.

"At this time it's an evolving situation and we find that it's best to take it slow and cautious as we continue to evaluate," said Lt. Tina Jones, Portland Police Bureau spokeswoman.


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