The Santa Fe Police Department was alerted to a suspicious item in a parking lot near Paseo de Peralta and Acequia Madre while assisting New Mexico State Police with security detail around the Roundhouse on Wednesday, according to a news release.

Paseo de Peralta was closed for more than an hour from Don Gaspar Avenue to East DeVargas Street, and residents in the area were asked to shelter in place while the suspicious item was being examined.

"Ultimately it was a fire extinguisher left unattended in a parking lot," Deputy Chief Paul Joye said. "That's pretty unusual, so we had good reason to be cautious."

Police reopened Paseo de Peralta just after 4 p.m.

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Lee DiFiore

Didn't see any stories in the New Mexican about the rioting that took place on inauguration day in Denver, Portland and Seattle. Oh wait, those were left wing rioters. Disregard.

Mike Johnson

Wow, talk about paranoid.....

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