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Update: Police Say Container of Chemicals Found on Calder Way Was Homemade Substance

by on December 18, 2012 11:35 PM

Updated at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday

State College Police said they are investigating whether a can of chemicals was left on purpose on Sowers Street on Tuesday night. 

Police were called to the scene around 6:40 p.m., where they responded to a report of spilt chemicals coming from a cracked container on the curb behind Sharkies Bar and Thrifty Bottle Shop, 110 Sowers St., police said. The container did not explode but police said they have reason to believe it was meant to. 

A passerby had spotted the container and alerted authorities, police said. 

Labeled a 'suspicious package,' police were aided by Alpha Fire Company, the Penn State Hazmat team and Penn State bomb squad. 

No one was hurt and police said there is no present danger to the area. 

On Tuesday at 11:35 p.m.

State College Police are investigating a can of chemicals left on Calder Way behind Sharkies Bar and Thrifty Bottle Shop, 110 Sowers St., on Tuesday night. 

Police said no one was harmed and there is no danger to the area, but they will continue to investigate how the chemicals came to be left in the alley, as it is not a common occurrence and could have been dangerous. 

A Sharkies employee said it was a can of Drano that was left behind the bottle shop. 

By 8:30 p.m., Sowers Street had been re-opened and police presence had subsided. 



Laura Nichols is a StateCollege.com news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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