Police: Unattended package outside Sony Open gate

  • Associated Press
  • March 25, 2014 - 8:25 PM

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Police have stopped vehicle and foot traffic in the immediate area outside the Sony Open tennis tournament because of an unattended backpack left near the main gate.

Det. Roy Rutland of the Miami-Dade Police Department says personnel working at the tournament found the bag. Rutland says the department's bomb squad was responding "to mitigate the potential threat."

The situation was announced during a women's match between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber, which proceeded as scheduled. Hundreds of people were trying to leave the facility after that match and were stopped at the gate.

A men's match between Rafael Nadal and Fabio Fognini was scheduled for later Tuesday night.

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