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A bomb scare temporarily shut down a section of Broadway downtown for about 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon. An employee of Ra Sushi Bar reported that numerous police vehicles flooded the street around 2:00 p.m., forcing onlookers and pedestrians into nearby buildings. “A police officer saw us looking around and said, ‘You guys can’t be out here — we need everybody off the street.’”

Businesses in the area were ordered to cease operations, and patrons were evacuated through the restaurant’s rear entrance. At approximately 2:30, an explosion sounded outside. The street was quickly re-opened, though fire crews remained outside the US Grant Hotel on Fourth Avenue for another half hour.

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Visduh June 14, 2011 @ 4:13 p.m.

Either this headline is wrong, or the story is incomplete. The story says nothing of an explosion, just a bomb scare. If it was only a scare, say so in the headline. As in "Bomb Scare Disrupts Downtown."

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MURPHYJUNK June 15, 2011 @ 7:44 a.m.

took someone from the bomb squad to read the label on a battery pack?

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