FORT COLLINS, Colorado (CBS4)– The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package in Fort Collins on Friday afternoon. The squad dispatched a robot to inspect the package in a mailbox on the 1100 block of N. College Avenue.

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The crews closed College Avenue from Vine to Conifer for a few hours while the crews examined the device. The surrounding companies were evacuated during this time. Fort Collins police also urged the public to avoid the area.

At one point the bomb squadron’s robot seemed to be scanning a mailbox. Police said the suspicious item was removed and reopened on College Avenue shortly after 4 p.m.

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It turned out to be an auto part known as an “advanced condenser,” which was likely intended for return to the nearby auto zone.

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“I am grateful for the quick response from officials, bomb squad and public security partners in the area who have provided support,” said Kristy Volesky, deputy patrol chief, in a statement. “In this situation it was absolutely right to call the police and we always encourage people to report suspicious circumstances to law enforcement for investigation.”

The suspicious item has been safely removed by the bombing squad and the investigation is ongoing. North College Ave has reopened for travel.

– Fort Collins Police (@FCPolice) February 5, 2021

Surrounding companies were evacuated to ensure the safety of community members. Please avoid the area and find an alternative route to avoid traffic delays when driving in the area this afternoon.

– Fort Collins Police (@FCPolice) February 5, 2021