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Fire officials: Downtown bomb scare "just a mound of dirt"

Police block off Main Street between Fourth and Sixth streets. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) Police block off Main Street between Fourth and Sixth streets. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
A bomb-sniffing dog scours the outside of the John Weld Peck Federal Building. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) A bomb-sniffing dog scours the outside of the John Weld Peck Federal Building. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
Cincinnati fire officials give the all-clear. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker) Cincinnati fire officials give the all-clear. (FOX19 NOW/Jennifer Baker)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A bomb scare Downtown Thursday morning turned out to be "just a mound of dirt," Cincinnati fire officials said.

Main Street was shut down between Fourth and Sixth streets for 90 minutes while fire and police crews responded to the John Weld Peck Federal building shortly after 4 a.m., said Lt. Tim Brown, Cincinnati police's night chief.

The building's security team spotted a pile of mulch outside the building that appeared to have been moved. Suspicious, the team ran a metal detector over the mound, and that detected what appeared to be some type of metal underneath, Brown said.

Erring on the side of caution, authorities called in a bomb detecting dog.

The K-9 scoured bushes and mulch outside the building for several minutes before fire officials announced nothing was found.

They issued the all-clear by 5:30 a.m.

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