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Bomb squad called to Komen event after suitcase found in trash

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The bomb squad was called to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday in Winston-Salem after a suitcase was found in a trash can.

Authorities said the discarded suitcase had nothing inside and the bomb squad was called as a precaution around 11 a.m.

Winston-Salem police said the suitcase was found in a cardboard trash can set up for the event in the 700 block of Salem Avenue. They said there were around 15 to 20 cardboard trash cans for the event.

Officials said the Hazardous Device Disposal Team used equipment that sent a pressurized stream of water through the suitcase.

The suitcase was found during the “celebration” period of the event. No injuries were reported.

Police said about 2,000 to 3,000 people were in the immediate area of the event at the time.

Authorities said they do not know who left the suitcase in the trash. The investigation is ongoing.