A section of parking lot outside the St. Clair Square Mall in Fairview Heights was closed off for several hours after reports of a suspicious package. The item, which turned out to be an empty suitcase, was found on the lot near Macy’s. The mall was not closed and no one was injured.
Police were called around 4:15pm to the report of the suspicious item and gave the all clear just before 8pm. Officers from several jurisdictions and a bomb squad from nearby Scott Air Force Base responded to the scene along with police from Fairview Heights, Illinois Secretary of State Police and the FBI.