Portland Police closed areas of High and Congress Streets near the museum to lorry and pedestrian traffic amid the examination. Roads resumed around 6 pm.
PORTLAND, Maine– A suspicious plan near the crossway of Congress and High Streets closed those roads and left close-by businesses until about 6 p.m.on Saturday night, according to Portland Cops officials.
Police said in a news release shortly after re-opening the roads that the suspicious package was” comprised of plumes surrounding a box along with a spray-painted message.” Authorities include that the package was discovered outside the Portland Museum of Art at about 3
p.m. on Saturday. A Portland Police Department Hazardous Device Team was on scene and later determined the plan was not an explosive. Authorities include a press release the contents,”can be referred to as concerning”and a criminal examination is now underway. The press releases included the word “BALM” was spray-painted on the walkway.
(CORRECTION: Portland PD initially reported the spray-painted message stated”BLAM, “when in fact it was”BALM.”) According to surveillance video, a”light-colored pickup truck turning from High Street and Free Street and park(ed )near the museum right before 11:00 a.m. The man driving the truck then carried the bundle to the museum, positioned it in the vestibule, and left driving down Free Street,” journalism release included.