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Police investigating suspicious device in downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas police were investigating a suspicious device in downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday morning.

Police said in an email news release that the investigation started at East Mesquite Avenue and North 8th Street at about 9:20 a.m.

“Officers were conducting a person stop when they located the device,” police wrote. “This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be provided at this time.”

Police officers were later observed at the rear of the Blanchard Arms Apartments near a dumpster. Mesquite was closed from 8th to 9th Street.

Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski confirmed that the department’s bomb squad investigators were also on scene.

The device was later deemed safe by Metro’s ARMOR unit, which investigates chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive events.

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