NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Police in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake responded to a total of three suspicious packages Wednesday.
Many residents attributed the number of calls heightened awareness after the Boston bombings. Police and fire officials say they have not seen a large influx of calls since Monday.
The first call came from Reservoir Ave and Bond Street in Norfolk around 6:15 a.m. Someone reported an unattended black backpack sitting on a street corner, near the Norfolk State University campus.
"About 10 minutes to five, my husband came out and it was in the street," said Karla Christian, who saw the bag. "Evidently, somebody came by and picked it up and put it next to the pole."
Christian didn't think much of it, until she saw a Norfolk State police officer looking at the bag.
"Somebody called him, he came out, he saw it, he drove up and asked me did I see anybody leave it there, and I'm like, 'No!'" said Christian.
Norfolk State police called city police, who sent out the bomb squad, which ultimately decided to detonate the bag. Robots picked it up and shook it. Inside, police found papers and a can of soup.
"Better safe than sorry, absolutely," said Ken Thompson, who lives nearby.
The bag was one of three suspicious packages reported in Hampton Roads Wednesday. A bag at a Virginia Beach post office and a cardboard box in Chesapeake were also deemed suspicious. All three were not a threat. But the calls to police are proof, people are being more cautious.
"The thing is, you don't want to make that mistake," said Thompson. "That's why we have law enforcement. That's why we have people who handle that type of thing. It's not for us to guess or take chances."
And while some say the heightened sense of their surroundings has a lot to do with the bombings in Boston earlier this week, Christian says she wasn't worried, not for a second.
"It was overreacting," she said. "Because it was just a book bag, that's my thing. It was just a book bag."
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