Suspicious package found in Bass Pro Shops parking lot

Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies said late Monday afternoon that two unattended backpacks found outside the Gainesville Bass Pro Shops did not contain explosives and were deemed safe.

Deputies received a call concerning the backpacks, which were found on the far west side of the parking lot of the Celebration Pointe store, located at 2650 Bass Pro Shops Blvd., at 11:17 a.m., said sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey. Employees at nearby businesses were kept indoors as deputies investigated. Forgey said a team was still working to determine the complete contents of the backpacks.

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