Police Say Suspicious Package Contained a Computer

Apr 16, 2013

Providence Police respond to a suspicious package.
Credit Bradley Campbell

Providence Police responded this afternoon to a suspicious package found next to the Omni Hotel in downtown. The package was found on the sidewalk. Police quickly blocked off streets to the area. But Police Commissioner Steven Pare says the package contained a computer and nothing more. Pare said the entire force is on high alert after the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

“Well, you always take it as a threat," he said. "We didn’t know. We saw some wire as we got close. We put the proper equipment on. And it takes us ten or fifteen minutes to determine it’s not anything other than a computer.”

Pare said he's thankful it was just a computer. He adds that access to the Omni Hotel and surrounding streets has reopened after determining the area is safe.