ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suspicious bag near a downtown St. Louis court building causes a brief scare, but it turned out to be nothing more than an apparently homeless man’s duffel bag.

Police closed a section of North 11th Street near a St. Louis Circuit Court building on Monday after the man dropped the bag near the steps and walked away.

Police held the man in a squad car while the bomb squad used an X-ray machine to examine the bag. The building was not evacuated.

Once the bag was found to be harmless, it was given back to the man and he was released.

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