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Trumpet case forces the evacuation of SEPTA station

(The following article by Julie Shaw was posted on the Philadelphia Inquirer website on March 11.)

PHILADELPHIA -- Market East Station was evacuated - and Regional Rail trains traveling through Center City were halted - for about an hour yesterday during the evening rush after a suspicious package was found on a train, authorities said.

The concourse area was evacuated about 6:05 p.m., and the Philadelphia Police Department's Bomb Squad was called in to deal with the package - a trumpet case. The case turned out to contain an ordinary trumpet, and nothing at all suspicious, according to police.

Commuters were allowed back into the concourse area about 7 p.m., and trains began running again shortly thereafter, SEPTA spokesman Gary Fairfax said. Trains were not allowed into Market East while the package was being investigated.

Monday, March 13, 2006

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