By Jennifer McRae

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– The Northern Colorado Bomb Squad investigated a suspicious package in Fort Collins on Friday afternoon. The squad sent out a robot to take a closer look at the package inside a mailbox in the 1100 block of N. College Avenue.

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Crews closed College Avenue from Vine to Conifer for a couple of hours while crews examined the device. Surrounding businesses were evacuated during this time. Fort Collins police also asked the public to avoid the area.

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At one point, the bomb squad robot appeared to be scanning a mailbox. Police said the suspicious item had been removed and reopened College Avenue just after 4 p.m.

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Turns out it was an auto part known as an “advanced capacitor” which was likely intended for return to the nearby Auto Zone.

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“I’m grateful for the fast response of officers, Bomb Squad, and area public safety partners who provided support,” said Patrol Assistant Chief Kristy Volesky, in a statement. “Calling police was absolutely the right thing to do in this situation, and we always encourage people to report suspicious circumstances to law enforcement for investigation.”

Jennifer McRae