'Journey' cassette tape mistaken for suspicious package at Duke Energy building

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police had to block a busy street Tuesday morning in uptown Charlotte while authorities investigated a report of a suspicious package.

Channel 9 reporter Gina Esposito was on scene just after 6:30 a.m. and watched as officers blocked Martin Luther King Boulevard between Church Street and South Tryon Street.

Investigators told Channel 9 that the suspicious package was noticed at the Duke Energy building at 400 South Tryon Street. Police said employees found a small manila envelope with suspicious handwriting on it and, due to all the recent national events, and out of an abundance of caution, called 911.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police notified the bomb squad, who brought bomb-sniffing dogs to the scene, which was across from the Chamber of Commerce.

CMPD told Channel 9 the envelope ended up containing a "Journey" cassette tape.

A Duke spokeswoman could not share many details about the package but said it was addressed to Duke Energy. She also said the scene was cleared just before 7:45 a.m. and that business was operating as normal inside the building.

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CMPD said some buildings in the immediate area were choosing to evacuate but the scene was clear by 8 a.m.

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