Durham Police evacuated the N.C. Mutual Life building this afternoon after a man left a suitcase on the front steps and then fled after a security guard approached him.
A bomb squad—both officers and a robot—was brought in to investigate.
The building houses about 430 people, including employees of Duke University medicine, the Veterans Administration, N.C. Mutual Life insurance and the Durham office of U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, who represents the Congressional First District.
A fire alarm sounded and employees left the building on Chapel Hill and Duke streets around 2 p.m. The adjacent streets were still closed at 4 p.m.
Update: The suitcase was found to contain clothing.