Cops find suspicious backpack in Merrick not dangerous

A view of the Taco Bell on Merrick

A view of the Taco Bell on Merrick Ave., which was evacuated on reports of a suspicious backpack that turned out to be harmless. (March 3, 2013) (Credit: Google)

A restaurant in Merrick was evacuated and a street closed off on Saturday evening while authorities investigated a suspicious item that turned out to be harmless, Nassau County police said.

Police said they received a report at 6:34 p.m. of a suspicious backpack near a large trash container behind Taco Bell at 1709 Merrick Rd.

The restaurant was evacuated and Merrick Road was shut down while the police arson-bomb squad and emergency services unit responded and investigated the item.

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Police said no explosive devices were found and the backpack was not dangerous. The restaurant and street were eventually reopened.

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