A suspicious package left under a bench outside the Towson public library that led to the building's evacuation Saturday morning turned out to be harmless, county police reported.
The bag contained clothes that had been left as a donation to the homeless, police spokesman Cpl. John Wachter said.
Police received a report at 11:11 a.m. of a package that had been left behind by two men, Wachter said. The county's hazardous devices team was called to the scene. The library and a nearby Subway sandwich shop were evacuated, he said, and York Road was closed to traffic between Chesapeake Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard.
The package was harmless, he said. Police interviewed the two men who left it behind, but no charges were filed.
Leaving behind a package like that, Wachter said, "is perhaps not the best idea." He urged anyone looking to donate clothes or other items to the homeless to do so through area charities.
People were allowed back into the buildings and the area had returned to normal by 2:15 p.m., he said.