No hazard at Pulse nightclub after suspicious suitcase found

Posted at 11:43 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 13:06:14-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Traffic around a Florida gay nightclub that was the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history was closed for a short time as firefighters examined a suspicious package.

But it reopened Friday morning after bomb squad investigators determined that it was a suitcase with nothing harmful inside.

The Orlando Fire Department tweeted that no hazard was found.

Businesses around Pulse nightclub were evacuated for a short time as a precaution.

The one-year mark of the Pulse nightclub massacre is nearing, and commemorative events at the nightclub are taking place in less than two weeks.

Forty-nine people were killed and dozens more were injured after gunman Omar Mateen started shooting inside the packed nightclub last June 12.

Mateen was killed in a shootout with police.