An abandoned briefcase in a hallway at the state Capitol caused quite a stir and delayed the afternoon session of the Unicameral until testing concluded it was harmless.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports its Hazardous Devices Squad worked with Lincoln Fire and Rescue to examine the briefcase which initially was deemed suspicious.
The briefcase has been returned to its owner.
Schoolchildren visiting the Unicameral noticed the briefcase abandoned in a south hallway of the Capitol near the legislative chamber shortly after the legislature had left for its lunch break. Troopers assigned to the Capitol investigated. An initial x-ray failed to clear the briefcase. It took further testing before the all clear was given.
Troopers roped off the hallway, locked down the legislative chamber, and cleared the Rotunda for about an hour.
The Hazardous Devices Squad was preparing to render the briefcase safe when the owner was found. After a search discovered no hazardous devices or materials, the briefcase was returned to its owner.