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Streets evacuated after van with 1,000 gallons of gasoline found in Baltimore


A part of downtown Baltimore was evacuated and cordoned off after reports of a suspicious-looking van with over 1,000 gallons of gasoline inside.

Public transportation was halted and four blocks were closed while police and fire units investigated a gray van with Pennsylvania plates in a parking garage near the T. Rowe Price Group’s offices in a major tourist and commerce area.

All vehicular & pedestrian traffic is being diverted around the 100 block of E Pratt St downtown due to @BaltimorePolice & @BaltimoreFire activity. #BalTraffic

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said there was no bomb in the van.

The Baltimore Sun reported that the 15-passenger van had fuel and a device used for stealing diesel fuel inside.

“We are currently in the process of conducting precautionary sweeps in an effort to ensure public safety," the mayor said. "These sweeps are expected to take several hours.”

The van “is not a threat and is in the process of being removed from the garage,” Young added.

Police did not say whether there were any suspects.