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CTA Blue Line service back to normal after suspicious package proves harmless

Officials checking medal box as Chicago Police Chicago Fire Department  near JacksDearborn  following bomb threcausing CTA Blue Line

Officials checking medal box as Chicago Police and Chicago Fire Department near Jackson and Dearborn following bomb threat, causing a CTA Blue Line station to be closed and traffic diverted from the area, Wednesday, August 24, 2011. | John H. White~Sun-Times.

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Updated: August 24, 2011 6:50PM

A bomb threat at a downtown CTA station Wednesday afternoon led to the closure of a subway station and diversion of street traffic from the area for more than two hours. No bomb was found and Blue Line service was back to normal in time for the evening rush.

About 12:50 p.m. a bomb threat was made at the Blue Line station at Jackson and Dearborn, according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

Officers descended on the area, the Bomb and Arson Unit was called, and the station at Jackson was closed. Officers also diverted street traffic from the area.

Northbound and southbound Blue Line trains bypassed the station, according to a CTA spokeswoman. No customers were allowed in the station and a pedway that connects the Red Line and Blue Line at Jackson was also closed.

A suspicious package was found at the scene, police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said.

But it proved to be harmless and CTA service was back to normal and the station reopened by 3:30 p.m., CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis said.

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