A suspicious package containing a non-hazardous substance described as a skin irritant was removed Wednesday afternoon from a car in a downtown Buffalo parking lot.
Buffalo firefighters, police and the hazmat team responded to the scene at about 11:40 a.m., Buffalo Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Johnathan Eaton said. One block of Swan Street near Coca-Cola Field, between Washington and Main streets, was closed to traffic.
The package contained a substance which Eaton described as "harmless." It was taken away for further testing by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Eaton said.
"The package was delivered at a different location and the person unknowingly brought it to this location," he said.
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After the materials were removed from the vehicle, the owner got behind the wheel of his car and drove away at about 2 p.m.
The matter remains under investigation, he said.
Buffalo Fire Dept. Deputy Commissioner Johnathan Eaton talk about Haz Mat response to vehicle in Swan St. Parking lot. pic.twitter.com/ZWXeQJOHFW
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