Police: Bags near Ohio building contained clothes


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A busy street in downtown Columbus has been reopened after authorities found clothes in what had initially been described as suspicious bags left outside a 41-story building that houses state offices.

Capt. Shawn Davis of the State Highway Patrol said authorities found two duffel bags outside of the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The Columbus fire department's bomb squad was called to investigate the packages, and authorities found old clothes inside the bags.

The tower is across the street from the Ohio Statehouse. A part of a road and sidewalk near the building were closed as a precaution.

The state's Department of Administrative Services said the building's basement, first three floors and tunnel to the parking garage had been evacuated.