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Suspicious Package Near Post Office Blown Up

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St. Louis' police robot at the scene of a suspicious package discovered on Market near 15th in downtown St. Louis.  (KMOX/Brett Blume)

St. Louis’ police robot at the scene of a suspicious package discovered on Market near 15th in downtown St. Louis. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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Update: Market St. between 14th and 18th is now open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A suspicious package found along Market Street in downtown St. Louis Thursday morning stopped traffic on that major thoroughfare for a couple of hours.

The package was discovered about 8 a.m. next to a garbage can near the Post Office at 16th and Market.

Police Chief Sam Dotson says when a citizen alerted them about the “intricately wrapped” package, they followed standard protocols for dealing with it.

“After the events in Boston, with the attention that’s been brought to St. Louis about playoff baseball we always have to got that extra step,” he said.

Police detonated the medium-size box about 90 minutes after it was discovered.

Dotson told reporters at the scene that the bomb squad was called in after an X-ray revealed wires and electronics inside. The package however, turned out to be a discarded computer monitor.

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