Community Metro Louisville

This story was updated at 1:25 p.m.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields says investigators have deemed a “suspicious device” found downtown this morning safe to remove.

Officials will test the device at another location. Police found the device, originally described as a “suspicious package,” around 9 a.m. Friday near Fifth Street, between Market and Jefferson streets. The location is near Metro Hall.

Police closed off several blocks to the public and asked people who live or work in the area to shelter in place. Shields told reporters at a briefing just before 1 p.m. that the order will end when the device is removed.

The FBI is taking over the investigation.

During the initial search, police deployed robots in the area. A team of officers, including some in hazmat and SWAT gear, also canvassed the area.

John Boyle is a reporter and editor at WFPL news focused on Southern Indiana. He is a corps member with Report For America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.