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Suspicious case held slide projector, not bomb

A suspicious case that bomb squad technicians removed from in front of a 7-Eleven store on West Main Street Wednesday contained only an old slide projector, officials said.

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 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.