SEASIDE — A suspicious package prompted the Seaside Police Department to shut down the turnaround area of downtown and call in the Oregon State Police’s bomb squad following the Fourth of July fireworks display.

The department received a call at 10:30 p.m. Thursday from a woman who saw a person set down a backpack and walk away – something she felt was suspicious. The Seaside Police cleared the area, took a photo of the package and sent it to the state police bomb squad.

The bomb squad, busy on another call, made it to Seaside between 12:30 a.m. and 12:45 a.m. After assessing the package and spraying water on it, the bomb squad deemed it a false alarm. At about 1:10 a.m. they recovered food and a water bottle inside the package.

Seaside Police Chief Bob Gross said he was pleased with the response.

“Everybody followed the procedures as we have them listed,” he said.

Gross said this Fourth of July was the busiest in his eight years with the department. They received 100 calls throughout the day – 90 of which came in between noon and midnight. He said that number did not included 21 calls for illegal fireworks.

In addition to several fights and one robbery, Gross said the police force spent most of its day dealing with intoxicated juveniles and adults who were either involved in disorderly conduct or creating a disturbance.

“It was a very busy, busy Fourth of July for us,” he said. “None of our officers got hurt and we did our best to respond.”

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