A "suspicious" briefcase at the Christmas display
at Austin Grill in the outside area shut down The Promenade for two hours tonight. There was a heavy police presence and the area was cleared out of pedestrians and employees. What probably happened: some dude hid his briefcase during happy hour while he hung out at the bar, got drunk, forgot about said briefcase and went home without it.
UPDATE: Despite earlier reports, this suspicious package wasn't actually IN Austin Grill, rather it was in an unrelated display outside the restaurant.
Also, there was an actual bomb threat called in, so I am hereby retracting my "terrornoia" categorization. Anyway, they terminated the package with extreme prejudice using a controlled explosion (and a bomb robot?) that I heard inside my house a mile away. Of course, I didn't know anything about it at the time, so it had the somewhat ironic effect of actually making me a little uneasy after hearing a mysterious explosion in the distance.
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