Police shut down downtown Phoenix street to investigate suspicious package
A downtown Phoenix street was shut down for several hours Monday night as police investigated a suspicious package found in the area.
Officers responded to the scene near 1st Avenue and Van Buren Street around 8:30 p.m. after reports that a large box was found sitting on Van Buren. Officials say the box raised suspicions after it was discovered to have some type of wires coming from inside.
Video from Air15 showed police vehicles blocking Van Buren from 1st to 3rd Avenue. Police reportedly evacuated surrounding businesses as a precaution.
Officials say a bomb squad unit at the scene investigated and detonated the device late Monday.
No injuries were reported.
The box was reportedly found in an alleyway behind Valley Metro headquarters. Phoenix police confirm they are looking into the possibility the scare may be connected to a current transit dispute.