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‘Suspicious package’ that started uptown Charlotte bomb scare was a Journey cassette

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The suspicious package that forced Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to close a block of uptown on Tuesday turned out to be a Journey cassette tape, reports the Observer’s news partner WBTV.

Followers of the popular group have demanded to know if it was a mix tape or a full album that prompted the street closures and building evacuations.

Police have not released that detail. But at least one fan speculated it was the group’s 1996 album “Trial by Fire,” which he said “should come with a warning.”

The 100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was closed for more than an hour as police investigated the “small manila envelope handwritten and addressed from out of state to Duke Energy,” reported WBTV.

The envelope was discovered at 6:12 a.m., at the Duke Energy building at 400 South Tryon Street, police said in a press release.

“An employee found a small package that appeared suspicious,” said a police statement. “As a precaution, pedestrian and vehicular traffic were restricted.”

Investigators used canine and bomb units at the scene, said a police release.

Duke Energy sent out an email shortly after 8 a.m. saying the company follows a “strict protocol” in such cases, starting with calling 911.

Police are seeking “additional information concerning this incident,” and have asked tipsters to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

WSOC reported some buildings surrounding the investigation site voluntarily evacuated.

Journey is best known for hits “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Open Arms” and “Any Way You Want It.”

Police responded to the rear of the U.S. Post Office on Black Street near downtown Rock Hill Tuesday morning after a postal employee saw a "suspicious package" on the sidewalk near the rear of the building. Rock Hill bomb squad responded and found

Mark Price: 704-358-5245, @markprice_obs
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