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Bee Line Bus in Port Chester Bomb Scare, No Bomb

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - A sharp-eyed Bee Line bus driver found an unattended knapsack near the back of his bus Wednesday morning and members of the Westchester County Police Department's Special Operations division raced to the scene and determined there was nothing dangerous inside, police said.

The incident took place about 10 am on the border between Port Chester and neighboring Greenwich, Conn., where North Main Street becomes West Putnam Avenue. A small bridge over the Byram River was the setting where the actual incident took place. A gas station, Carvel ice cream shop, a fruit and vegetable stand, convenience store and luncheonette were within a few yards of where the bus was stopped. On the opposite side is an office building .

The unnamed driver on a Bee Line bus ending its run in the village was checking the empty bus for anything that might have been left by passengers, said Lt. James Luciano of the county police. Once he found the knapsack he called his supervisor who then alerted police.

"He did what he was supposed to do, said Lt. Luciano, who is attached to the Hazardous Device Unit. "If you see something, say something. My hat is off to him."

Both the Port Chester Police Department, whose headquarters is down the road from the incident, and the county agency responded. Witnesses said about 15 uniformed officers showed up.

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