A suspicious package was found Tuesday morning outside the Lowe's store off Winchester Road, causing the store to be closed for about an hour.
The Lexington Police hazardous-devices unit was called about 8:30 a.m., when a Lowe's employee noticed a shopping cart placed in front of the door, Lt. Kevin Metcalf said.
The package had writing on it, Metcalf said. Employees told police that it hadn't been there the night before and must have been placed there overnight.
There was nothing suspicious about what was written, Sgt. Ann Welch said.
Where it had been left and the writing on it made it seem suspicious to employees, she said.
Multiple police and fire vehicles blocked off the parking lot in front of the store when crews arrived.
The bomb-squad robot lifted the shopping cart and moved it to the rear of the store.
After it was removed, Lowe's re-opened to customers while officers investigated the package behind the store.
An officer in a blast-resistant suit inspected the package, and after about half an hour, police determined that the package was not explosive.
Police aren't releasing what was found in the package or what was written on it, Welch said.
The samples of the handwriting will be taken from the package and compared to writing on other suspicious packages that have been found in the past, to see whether someone is repeatedly leaving packages to disrupt businesses or the police department, Welch said.