Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A suspicious package forced the evacuation of a bank and nearby buildings this afternoon in the bustling Commons area of Ithaca.
Ithaca Police received a call at 3 p.m. Thursday of a package left outside the Bank of America Building on the Commons.
The bank, nearby buildings and the Commons were evacuated, as Ithaca police and fire crews responded to the scene.
The package was later deemed by the New York State Police Bomb Squad to be non threatening, according to a release from the city of Ithaca.
The package was then taken in as evidence and the area was opened to pedestrians at 7 p.m., city officials said.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Ithaca Police at (607) 272-9973.