The 1900 block of Randolph Road finally reopened after police shut it down because of a suspicious package.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and fire crews roped off the entire area of Randolph Road, near Novant Health – Presbyterian Medical Center during rush hour as investigators took a close look at a suspicious cardboard box on the hospital's property.
"We brought the fire department, our hazmat team, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's bomb team," said Fire Department Capt. Rob Brisley.
With the bomb squad taking X-ray pictures of the box outside, the hospital had to lock down the emergency room. Workers like David Myerwitz's girlfriend were shut inside.
"I drove over here 'cause I figured if something happened I would be close by," Myerwitz said.
Visitors to the ER, including Paul Vogt, were stuck with no place to go.
"The police won't let us leave the parking lot so we're kind of stranded," Vogt said.
After about two hours, the bomb squad found the box was not dangerous, and the hospital was finally cleared to open everything back up.
Police took the box into evidence. They're still suspicious about it for several reasons, including its address, label and condition.
"With the equipment and resources they were able to identify that the package was rendered safe and not a threat," Brisley said.
Charlotte Fire Department officials said the hospital made the right decision to call public safety officials.
"If something is questionable or suspicious, call 911. Let us investigate," Brisley said.
CMPD will not say exactly what was inside the box, only that it was not harmful and they aren't searching for the person who dropped off the box.