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Bomb squad responds to suspicious items left on steps of Oklahoma Capitol

Items belonging to a homeless man were found near the steps of the Capitol and were not a threat, officials said.
BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: April 26, 2012 at 11:54 am •  Published: April 26, 2012

The bomb squad was called Thursday morning to the state Capitol after a sleeping bag and shoulder bag were left near the south steps of the state government building.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol diverted visitors from the southeast entrance briefly Thursday morning while the suspicious items were investigated.

Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said they took extra precautions because May 1 marks the 1-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's killing.

“Just being on the safe side, didn't want to take any chances,” Timmons said.

The items belonged to a homeless man who was found inside the Capitol, Timmons said. He was detained and questioned, and the bag was determined not to pose a threat. has disabled the comments for this article.