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Canalside reopened, Bad Boy Reunion concert postponed an hour

A suspicious package found inside a portable toilet at Canalside occupied police attention for at least six hours Friday.

But when the drama concluded, nothing dangerous was uncovered.

The Bad Boy Reunion Concert scheduled for Friday night was postponed by an hour, however.

And the row of portable toilets where the package was found remained cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Bomb squads from local and federal law enforcement agencies swarmed the area, shutting down Lloyd Street to traffic and bringing in a remote-controlled robot and bomb-sniffing dog to try to determine the nature of the item.

“It is a suspicious package,” Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. said. “It’s not something that we would normally see, especially inside a urinal.”

The Buffalo Police Department received a 911 call at around 8 a.m. made by a sanitation worker, Whitfield said.

For six hours, bomb squads from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office, Buffalo Police Department, Buffalo Fire Hazmat, and workers from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

The fire commissioner said the case was being labeled a criminal investigation.

The package and its contents were identified, but the FBI and Buffalo Fire Hazmat analyzed liquid samples on-site. The commissioner said that the extracted liquid solution did not appear to be explosive.

Lloyd Street was evacuated and the Coast Guard watched the nearby waterways. Pedestrians were kept away from the immediate area but were allowed to walk on the side of the road closer to the Courtyard Marriott.

The area surrounding the incident reopened to traffic at about 2 p.m.

Whitfield said law enforcement agencies haven’t determined who left the package or how long it had been there.

email: chsieh@buffnews.com