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Bomb scare briefly closes part of Main Street; No explosives found after ‘suspicious luggage’ left near bus terminal

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Roswell police and fire crews closed down part of North Main Street for more than three hours Wednesday afternoon as first responders investigated a piece of luggage left by the Pecos Trails Transit building. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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A piece of luggage left by the Pecos Trails Transit bus terminal early Wednesday afternoon caused the closing of a portion of Main Street and evacuations of some buildings before first responders determined that the item was not an explosive.

Roswell police and fire departments were called to the bus terminal on North Main Street a little before 1 p.m. to investigate what was called a suspicious piece of luggage.

As a precaution, the portion of North Main Street between Fifth and Sixth streets was closed down, and people were asked to leave the bus facility and adjacent buildings.

Ed Carlson, a painter working on the outside of Big D’s Downtown Dive, directly south of the terminal building, was sitting near the Chaves County courthouse lawn about 1:30 p.m. He said he had been asked to leave the area because of a “bomb threat.”

Police announced the investigation over by 4:30 p.m. after first responders determined that nothing explosive had been found.

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