Suspicious backpack at a business shuts down Nicholasville Road

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A backpack left outside a Lexington business causes a stir Wednesday morning but ultimately ends up being nothing after almost two hours of traffic delays from the shut down of a busy Lexington road.

Lexington Police say officers received a call at about 8:24 a.m. of a suspicious package outside Davita Kidney Care’s Kentucky Wildcats Specialty dialysis center at 2130 Nicholasville Road. Employees at the business told officers a man drove up on a moped, left a black backpack and then rode off.

Officers secured the scene and called the city’s hazardous materials team and firefighters to check out the item while units blocked off Nicholasville Road in both directions. Officers located the person on the moped in the area and questioned him, according to Police spokesperson Sgt. Donnell Gordon.

It’s still unclear why the man left the backpack and that part of the investigation continues, Gordon said.

The business said it was focused on safety of its workers.

“The health and safety of our patients and care teams is our top priority. We are grateful to the local law enforcement who assisted us today to ensure our safety and ability to continue providing life-sustaining treatment to our patients,” Davita said in a statement.

Meanwhile, firefighters and the hazardous materials team were able to look inside the backpack and determine it was not dangerous, filled only with personal items, Gordon said.

The road was re-opened at about 10:15 a.m.

“Times sure have changed,” Gordon noted, referring to how such a package likely would not have created such a stir 25 years ago.

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