TOWSON, Md. --
Baltimore County police said a porcelain toilet with a note attached forced the shutdown of Washington Avenue.
The stretch of road had been reopened by Monday afternoon.
The item was found at about 8:15 a.m. Monday near the courthouse plaza in downtown Towson.
Police said security personnel discovered the porcelain toilet on the sidewalk at Washington Avenue and Chesapeake Avenue and said that the toilet had a cell phone and note taped to it.
The Baltimore County police bomb squad unit was called to examine the device, and the area was cordoned off as a safety precaution.
There was no disruption to any court proceedings. The building, which houses the offices of the county executive and county council, was not evacuated.
Police Lt. Rob McCullough told WBAL-AM that crime investigators determined there was evidence pointing to a possible suspect.
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