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Police issue all-clear at The Forks

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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.

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Updated on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM CDT: Adds suspicious package an unattended suitcase. Police reopen area.

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