Police investigate suspicious item in Cumru Township

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Cumru Township police investigated a suspicious item seen on Morgantown Road Tuesday afternoon. 

Officials were notified of a suspicious item in the 2400 block of Morgantown Road near its intersection with Love Road. Upon arrival, an officer located a short piece of white PVC pipe, capped at both ends, on the shoulder of the northbound travel lane, according to a release from the Township of Cumru Bureau of Police.

The officer followed protocol and contacted the Reading Police Department Bomb Squad. 

Morgantown Road was closed to vehicle traffic and occupants of nearby businesses were advised to shelter in place.

"Someone came over and said there's a suspicious item, please stay in we do not want you outside," said Brandie Breitenstein who works in the plaza.

The item was examined using x-ray imaging, officials said. The technicians were unable to definitively determine the contents of the item via the x-ray and opened up one end of the pipe in a controlled fashion.

The pipe contained an unknown liquid substance, according to the release.

Officials from the Berks County Special Operations Group Hazardous Materials Response Team determined the liquid was not a hazardous material. The item was deemed safe and disposed of by emergency personnel.

The incident closed Morgantown Road for two and a half hours. Traffic was detoured onto I-176 and Kachel Boulevard. 

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