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UPDATE: Roads reopen after suspicious object investigation


Eau Claire (WQOW) --
Roads are back open after police concluded a more than an hour long investigation into a suspicious object found on Hastings Way.

Police responded to the scene after the initial call indicated the object might be unsafe. Roads and areas businesses were closed as a precaution. Police told News 18 that they used public camera footage to determine the object had fallen off of a vehicle. At one point, a man even approached the object and opened it.

That's when an officer was able to approach the object and determine it was safe. Police said the suspicious object turned out to be a pressure cooker.

While it did not turn out to be an emergency situation, police say they will always use caution in these situations.

"With the pressure cooker and the unique position that it was in, a very busy intersection with a lot of pedestrian traffic and vehicle traffic, we wanted to take every precaution we could in case it was an explosive. There's a history with pressure cookers being used as explosive devices and community safety was our major aspect with that," said Sgt. Jesse Henning.

Police said while this incident did not turn out to be an emergency, they do ask anyone that sees something suspicious to report it.

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Eau Claire police have shut down a portion of North Hastings Way after a suspicious object was found in the roadway.

Officer Bridget Coit told News 18 that supervisors are on scene, but their investigation is in the preliminary stages. A number of businesses and several roads, including N. Hastings Way, Highland Ave., and Main Street, have been closed.

Police are asking everyone to avoid the area. 

News 18 will update this story when new information is available.

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