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NEW DETAILS: Cedar Rapids suspicious package was cooler of food

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Courtesy Cedar Rapids Police Department Courtesy Cedar Rapids Police Department
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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Cedar Rapids police say the "suspicious package" that shutdown the Wilson Avenue overpass in Cedar Rapids, along with the on and off ramps to and from southbound I-380, was a cooler full of food.

Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says officers were called to the area around 7:50 a.m. Friday morning when someone reported a suspicious package on L Street, which merges with the southbound off ramp from I-380 to Wilson Avenue.

The overpass and on and off ramps were closed for about 90 minutes as members of  the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Marion Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Office Explosive Ordinance Device Team investigated.

After investigating, Hamblin says it was determined that the package was a styrofoam cooler with food inside. Hamblin says it was left by someone for "those in need."

Hamblin adds that while it was done with good intentions, law enforcement does not recommend doing this.

Hamblin says Wilson Middle School, which sits about three blocks from the scene, was notified about the situation, but is not on lock down.

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