BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) - Officials say a suspicious vehicle that prompted the evacuation of much of downtown Baltimore turned out to be a van filled with stolen diesel fuel.
Baltimore officials originally reported that the a vehicle with 1,000 gallons of gasoline was found in a parking garage on Calvert Street between Pratt and Light streets.They used a robot to investigate the vehicle, on the second floor of the garage, and determined that suspicious devices on the van were "basically used to steal diesel fuel."
Police Col. Richard Worley said "it's not a lot" of diesel fuel. He said there appears to be no "ill intent" with the suspicious vehicle, as far as possible terroristic activity.
A large portion of downtown Baltimore was evacuated, between East Baltimore Street, Conway Street, South Charles Street and Commerce Street.
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young said after 3:30 p.m. that "no bomb was detected."
"We are currently in the process of conducting precautionary sweeps in an effort to ensure public safety. These sweeps are expected to take several hours. We are asking everyone to remain clear of the evacuated area," wrote Young in a statement. "Those who have a vehicle parked in the evacuated area, we ask that you please find alternative transportation home. We will send an update when the area is cleared and you are able to pick up your vehicle. Again, we want to ensure everyone remains safe as we work through this matter."
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