GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – An item left at a bank in Byram, Conn. set off a bomb squad investigation but turned out to just be an unattended backpack.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported, an off-duty Department of Homeland Security employee saw something suspicious and said something.

According to police, a camouflage military-style bag was left unattended at a Bank of America on South Water Street in Byram on Wednesday afternoon.

Technicians in Kevlar suits and a robot investigated the bag to determine if it posed a risk. As the investigation was under way, a 20-year-old SUNY Purchase student on a bike returned to the bank to explain he’d left his bag by accident.

The incident shut down several blocks of South Water Street.

“The decision-making process, risk assessment, there’s no crystal ball. We don’t know what the end is going to be so in the environment in which we operate in the 21st century here in the shadow of New York City requires that we methodically go through situations like this,” Greenwich Police Ly. Kraig Gray said. “There will impact to the general community when you do leave bags unattended.”

The student left voluntarily with police but no charges were filed.

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