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Boulder PD: Suspicious items found on Pearl Street Mall not a threat, area reopens

The Pearl Street Mall in downtown Boulder was under a shelter-in-place order due to multiple suspicious items seen in the area.

BOULDER, Colo. — The suspicious items that prompted a shelter-in-place order for the area around the Pearl Street Mall have been checked and are not a threat, Boulder Police said. 

Police have cleared the scene and have reopened the area to vehicles and pedestrians. 

At 10:30 a.m. the Records Department within Boulder Police received a phone call from a person who said multiple explosive devices with a remote-controlled ignition were placed near 13th and Pearl streets. People in the vicinity of downtown Boulder were told to shelter-in-place and to go indoors.

Police first warned the public about a potential bomb threat in downtown Boulder at around 11 a.m. Thursday. The items were determined not to be suspicious around two hours later. 

The items were thoroughly checked and determined they were not dangerous or considered to be explosive devices. Out of an abundance of caution, dogs trained in explosive detection then checked the area. Shortly before 1:30 p.m. the area was cleared and Pearl Street was reopened to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Boulder Police tweeted that officers are receiving assistance from Boulder Fire, the Boulder County Sheriff and Colorado State Patrol. 

Anyone who may have additional information on this case is asked to call 303-441-3333. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at crimeshurt.com.

This comes just a few weeks after 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a King Soopers three miles south of downtown. 

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