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This article was published 5/5/2013 (1265 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Winnipeg police have reopened The Forks after the bomb squad determined a 'suspicious package' wasn't a concern.
The bomb squad was called out and a public advisory went out to warn people to avoid the popular destination spot after a 911 caller reported an unattended suitcase.
It was handled as a suspicious package as a precaution.
In an age of terrorism, like the bombings at the Boston Marathon last month, that extra vigilance shouldn’t come as a surprise, police said.
"Unfortunately, when people see a suitcases or a backpack now and nobody claiming it, we think the worst. . . our thoughts go to Boston," said Const. Eric Hofley, a spokesman for the Winnipeg Police Service.
The 911 call came in about 10:30 a.m., the public warning was issued an hour later and by 1 p.m. The Forks was back to normal.