CMPD bomb squad disables suspicious device found near mailbox

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police said they have disabled a suspicious device that was found near a mailbox in an east Charlotte neighborhood, and that there is no danger to the public.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police had asked residents in the neighborhood along Harri Ann Drive to stay in their homes after a package was found Tuesday morning near a private mailbox.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted around 8:30 a.m. that the package was found in a private mailbox and that neighbors on Harri Ann Drive, off Lawyers Road, were being asked to remain inside their homes.

CMPD later corrected that tweet to clarify that the package was found near the mailbox, not in it.

The outbound lanes of Lawyers Road were closed near Harri Ann Drive while police investigated, but traffic was back to normal before noon. Harri Ann Drive itself was still blocked as a bomb squad focused their investigation on that street.

"It's very crazy, scary too," said neighbor Lucinda Ragan. "You never know, so I'm glad they showed up at the time they showed up."

Lucinda Ragan watched the bomb squad work from her front porch.

"Never know, so I'm glad they showed up at the time they showed up," Ragan said.

Roosevelt Wallace has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and he's never seen the neighborhood shut down.

"What in the world is the neighborhood coming to? I was really surprised when I (saw) it," Wallace said.

After hours of tension and a powerful explosion, the bomb squad made sure these streets were safe.

"That's a blessing," Wallace said.

Police have not released specifics about what was found.

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