ELYSBURG — A large briefcase left in the parking lot of Sheetz Thursday morning raised concerns and resulted in a temporary closure of the store by local first responders before being declared a false alarm.

After crews deemed there was no threat to public safety, the store was reopened.

The initial call for a suspicious package was received by the Northumberland County 9-1-1 Center at 9:44 a.m. and by 11:30 a.m. crews were still at the scene while the store remained closed.

The store later reopened after a thorough investigation, which included a bomb squad from Reading responding to the scene, according to Northumberland County Public Safety Director Stephen Jeffery

The incident began when Sheetz employees reportedly found a briefcase in the parking lot but were unaware of its origins.

Ralpho Township Police Department responded and began investigating the object as a suspicious package, which subsequently led to the store’s evacuation and closure.

Calls to the Ralpho Township Police Department for more information about the incident were not returned.

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