Oak Park and Chicago police investigate ticking package in mailbox at Austin and Madison

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By Jean Lotus

Staff Reporter

Chicago and Oak Park police shut down northbound traffic on Austin Ave. and eastbound on Madison Street Monday after a postal worker reported a suspicious package  around 1:08 p.m. The package was making "unusual noises" inside a postal box on the southeast corner of Austin and Madison Streets in Chicago, police told dispatchers.

Police had evacuated local businesses around 2:00 p.m.

Investigating Chicago police found the package inert, after summoning a bomb-sniffing K-9 unit as well as the bomb and arson squads, said a spokesman for the Chicago Police News Affairs Office. Police cleared the area by 2:30.

Earlier Monday Chicago police and fire department responded to another report of suspicious package left near the Michigan Avenue bridge.

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Willie  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 9:22 PM

Why would a no turn on red sign be on the other side of street and in the other lanes?

Violet Aura  

Posted: April 29th, 2013 7:47 PM

It was probably the mystery meat...LOL

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