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Police say Wednesday's suspicious device in downtown posed no threat

"Suspicious device" delivered to business resulted in several blocks being locked down for hours
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A member of the Waterloo Regional Police's explosive devices unit puts on protective gear before approaching a suspicious package on Wednesday. Tony Saxon/GuelphToday

Guelph Police reported Friday afternoon that a suspicious package that led to a section of downtown Guelph being locked down on Wednesday night posed no threat to the public.

While police aren't saying what exactly was in the package, forensic testing showed it was of no danger.

Police were called to a business located in the building at 75 Farquhar St., just south of downtown Guelph on the northeast corner of Farquhar and Wyndham St. S., at approximately 4:30 p.m. to investigate a suspicious device.

"The item appeared to be some sort of electronic device, but due to the unknown nature of its contents precautions were taken to ensure public safety," Guelph Police said in a press release.

"Waterloo Regional Police Services Explosive Disposal (EDU) unit was contacted and attended to assess and properly dispose of the device. The device was removed from the business and it was disposed of according to the EDU protocol."

A robotic device was used to detonate the package at approximately 8 p.m.

"Continued investigation has revealed that the device was not designed to function as an explosive device nor did it have any explosive properties. Police have determined that there was no risk to public safety."