Police: Unattended package outside Sony Open gate

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2014 at 8:38 pm •  Published: March 25, 2014
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Police briefly stopped vehicle and foot traffic in the immediate area outside the Sony Open tennis tournament Tuesday night because of an unattended backpack left near the main gate. Authorities then found the bag did not present any safety risk.

Det. Roy Rutland of the Miami-Dade Police Department said personnel working at the tournament found the bag. Rutland said the department's bomb squad responded "to mitigate the potential threat," and traffic was allowed to resume flowing.

The situation was announced during a women's match between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber, which proceeded as scheduled. Hundreds of people were trying to leave the facility after that match and were stopped at the gate.

A men's match between Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini began shortly after police gave the all-clear. Nadal and Fognini were warming up when police announced that the situation had been resolved.