Suspicious briefcase in Southlake was hoax, police say

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A briefcase found in a Southlake park with an envelope in it that had "C-4" written on it was a hoax, Southlake police said Sunday. C-4, or composition 4, is a variety of plastic explosive, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The briefcase was disposed of after a robot deployed by members of the Northeast (Tarrant) Explosives Response Team rolled up to the case and inspected it, Southlake police said.

A jogger found the silver briefcase shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday at a pavilion in Liberty Park at Sheltonwood just north of Dove Road in Southlake.

The jogger saw the envelope with "C-4" written on it and immediately notified authorities, said Kim Leach, a Southlake police spokeswoman on Sunday.

"Even without that envelope being in there, we would have still considered it suspicious," Leach said Sunday. "You just don't see a briefcase left in a park."

Authorities cordoned off part of the park and summoned the bomb squad.

Police continued to investigate the case Sunday.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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