Lexington police closed three downtown streets Sunday night because of a "suspicious package" in front of a bank.
Lt. Eddie Hart said police shut down High, Vine and North Limestone streets after receiving a call at 7:45 p.m. about a package atop a brown trash can in front of Community Trust Bank at Vine and Limestone. The package was a 9-inch by 13-inch U.S. Postal Service envelope on which threats had been written that were geared toward government, law enforcement and the courts.
Hart said police used robots from the hazardous-devices unit to X-ray the package for explosives, and police determined that it contained two bottles filled with liquids and a letter. The bottles and letter will be examined for evidence.
"It was an initial threat, not to harm anybody but to scare people," he said.
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The streets were reopened about 10 p.m.