Traffic was briefly shut down, early Friday afternoon, as authorities checked out a “suspicious package” left outside an office.
According to East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams, authorities were called to an office building in the 4100 block of Ringgold Road across the street from the Walmart Neighborhood Market. The caller said there was a suspicious package that had been sitting on the sidewalk outside a group of office buildings for quite some time.
Chief Williams said an employee of a water testing service alerted authorities that he had been working in that area earlier in the day. While packing up his equipment he forgot to collect his black briefcase. Chief Williams said the man gave a detailed description of the briefcase and authorities opened the case to find it contained nothing suspicious.
Traffic was briefly diverted from Ringgold Road while law enforcement and firefighters investigated the “suspicious package.” Traffic was restored to normal by 2:15 p.m. EST.