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Police detonate bag at Indianapolis courthouse

INDIANAPOLIS – Authorities have detonated what they called a suspicious bag that was found outside the federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis.

City police spokesman Officer Michael Hewitt said bomb squad investigators believe the backpack contained fireworks and drug paraphernalia. He said the backpack was spotted by a security guard about 2:45 a.m. Monday along the sidewalk outside the courthouse that’s a block from Monument Circle.

Hewitt said a police dog indicated explosives were present in the bag, leading to the decision to detonate it about 5 a.m. He said no threat had been made and police didn’t immediately know who might’ve left the backpack there.

Streets alongside the courthouse were closed until after the bag was detonated. No injuries were reported.