SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At about 4:40 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 24, the South Orange Police Department (SOPD) received a report of an unattended backpack being left on Sloan St., according to an update at about 6 p.m. to South Orange Village President Sheena Collum's Facebook page.
The Facebook update from Collum continued, "SOPD responded immediately, observed the backpack and deemed it suspicious. The Essex County Bomb Squad was notified and Sloan Street and the stores in the immediate vicinity were evacuated as a precautionary measure."
The Essex County Bomb Squad arrived on the scene at about 5 p.m., assessed the backpack, and determined that the backpack did not contain any explosives nor present any threat to the public, according to the Facebook update from Collum.
"Shortly thereafter, the owner, who had inadvertently left the backpack behind returned to reclaim the back pack." states Collum's Facebook update.
The update ends with, "The Village and SOPD appreciate the community’s understanding of the necessary precautionary evacuation and reminds all residents that if they see something, say something. Great job again to South Orange Police Department."