A suspicious object left on a sidewalk in Riverside prompted a bomb squad investigation and the closure of a street Thursday.

“It’s probably nothing, but we have to take all the necessary precautions,” Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback told City News Service. “We just don’t know what it is.”

Railsback said a passerby spotted the device in the 3300 block of Monroe Street and became concerned that it could be threatening, though it was unclear why.

“It’s almost never a bomb, but if it looks suspicious, we have to shut everything down and bring in the professionals to investigate it,” the police spokesman said.

Shortly before 1 p.m., officers closed Monroe between Hoffman and Indiana avenues. Railsback said there were no houses in the immediate vicinity, so no evacuations were ordered, and the only impacts were to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

“The bomb squad will figure out if it’s something they need to disrupt where it is, or if they can retrieve it and take it back to the station to tear apart,” Railsback said.

There was no word on how long the operation may take.

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