Citi Field section briefly evacuated because of suspicious bag

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A section of stands at Citi Field was briefly evacuated last night because of a suspicious bag scare, according to police.

The suspicious item was determined by police to be an unattended camera bag. The bag was found under a seat in section 326 and was empty.

The Caesar's Club seats that were evacuated at 6:15 p.m. are behind home plate and in front of the press box. The Caesar's Club itself was not evacuated, nor was the press box, but fans waiting to enter the seats outside the club were not allowed out of the club.

The atmosphere was casual, however. Fans in every other section of the stadium, including those adjacent to the club seats, were not evacuated.

No announcement about the incident was made over the public address system.

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Fans were allowed back into the section at about 7:35. The Mets' game against the Phillies, scheduled to start at 7:10, was in a rain delay at the time.

Peter Lockwood, 62, of Ronkonkoma was standing with his wife, Maryan, 48, on the Caesar's Club level during the incident.

"This is New York," he said. "If it was that dangerous they would have cleared us out. They probably just don't know what it is. They want to make sure. It mustn't be that big. Somebody probably just forgot something and they're taking precaution."

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With Kimberley A. Martin

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