CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two bomb scares in the city of Charleston on Tuesday caused some jangled nerves but turned out to be false alarms.
First, a suspicious backpack was spotted in the Marriott hotel downtown about 10 a.m.
The second call came from a methadone clinic off Greenbrier Street beyond Capital High School about 11:15 a.m.
City police are investigating but have no suspects.
Hotel staff members called authorities to say they had found a backpack.
"Personnel saw the bag, and the person left kind of in a hurry and didn't come back after a while," said Capt. Sean Crosier with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.
The hotel workers had looked into the backpack and noticed a plastic container containing nails and screws, he said. They took the bag to the sidewalk outside and dialed 911, Crosier said.
City police officers responded. They called in the county bomb squad and began securing the area.
A couple of nearby businesses were evacuated, and officers also temporarily closed streets around the hotel, including the intersections of Clendenin and Quarrier, Washington and Clendenin and Lee and Reynolds, to both foot and automobile traffic.
Officers also walked over to the nearby Kanawha-Charleston Health Department building and asked employees to stay inside, said Kanawha County Manager Jennifer Sayre, who is also the public information officer for the Office of Emergency Services.
"They've asked the employees to stay away from the windows in the building," she said.
An officer in a protective suit moved in to investigate the backpack.
He saw the plastic container holding the nails and screws and deemed it suspicious enough to use the robot for further investigation, Rutherford said.
The robot determined there were no explosives.