Bomb squad checks briefcase

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NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — The Youngstown bomb squad was called to a church in Niles Thursday morning after a suspicious briefcase was found by a member on the church steps outside.

The briefcase was detonated shortly before noon at the Central Baptist Church, 1301 North Road. No explosives were found, but there were some papers and a Bible inside the briefcase.

Harlan Williams, a worker at  the church, arrived just before 11 a.m. to let workers in to install drywall when he found the suitcase. Williams made a few phone calls to church officials to find out if it belonged to someone at the church, but no one claimed it.

Williams didn’t want to take any chances and called police.

“I was hoping for a case full of money. I was hoping someone dropped off a case full of money for a donation for the church. Turns out it was nothing to worry about, but you know, in this day and age you got to be careful,” Williams said.

Youngstown bomb squad officials said Williams did the right thing. Police are trying to find the owner and figure out why it was left there.

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