A suspicious, heavy-set, white man wearing blue shorts and a white shirt placed the case under a pay phone outside the store, disappeared at about 5:30 p.m. and worried store employees called police.
A remote-controlled robot operated by Jackson County [Oregon] Sheriff's Sgt. Eric Fox collected the case. It was placed in a bomb disposal pod and taken to the Jackson County Sports Park in White City where experts had ample space to safely examine it with an X-ray machine, officials said.
X-rays showed only an old slide projector, thus ending the hours-long saga that had closed a section of West Main Street for several hours Wednesday evening.