Several downtown streets were blocked and some residents were asked to stay in their houses for several hours Monday night after a fake bomb was found behind the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning on Second Street.
People going in and out of the center reported a device lying on top of a trash can at the bottom of the steps at the back of the building at about 6 p.m., said police Sgt. Franklin Patrick. The building and Gratz Park were evacuated, feeder streets leading into the block were closed and people who live in the area were asked to stay inside. The item, which looked like a bomb, was x-rayed and found not to have a charge, Patrick said. It was then destroyed with a water cannon.