‘Suspicious package’ that shut down Anchorage streets turned out to be discarded costume

Anchorage police shut down a four-block area of downtown Anchorage early Sunday morning after a report of a suspicious package that turned out to be discarded costume.

Police sent out an alert just after 6 a.m. that officers were conducting an investigation in an area between West Sixth Avenue and West Eighth Avenue from F street to H street, a chunk of downtown that includes the Dena'ina Center, City Hall and bars and restaurants.

The suspicious package turned out to be a "discarded Comicon costume piece," said Kendra Doshier, an Anchorage Police Department spokesperson.

Arctic Comicon, which bills itself as "Alaska's Largest Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention" has been taking place at the Dena'ina Center this weekend.

The streets were reopened within minutes.

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