Suspicious package closes South Meridian [UPDATED 4:55 p.m. 2/25]

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CJ Robinson, Reporter

On Feb. 25 at about 2:45 p.m. at the 7-Eleven across from the Washington State Fair’s Blue Gate, police were sent to investigate a suspicious object, witness Keith Sexton said.

Sexton said a homeless man left a red suitcase at the 7-Eleven because he no longer needed it, and the police X-rayed the case to ensure it was safe. After the police began to close off the area, the man came back and claimed that the suitcase was his. Since it was out of his possession, the police still inspected it, Sexton said.

Northbound traffic was directed to Washington state Route 512 by officers and South Meridian was blocked from the 512 entrance ramp to 9th Avenue SE. 10th Ave. was blocked by officers, but now all areas, including the 7-Eleven, are cleared.

Many attendees of the Sewing and Stitching Expo at the Washington State Fairgrounds were unable to leave their parking spots on 10th Ave. and those who needed to be picked up had to find another pick-up area. The event was not directly related to the Expo, witness Joan DeGroot said.

No reports by Puyallup Police have been made yet. [/responsivevoice]

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Suspicious package closes South Meridian [UPDATED 4:55 p.m. 2/25]

by CJ Robinson time to read: 1 min