The suspicious briefcase found tucked under a mailbox on Shattuck Avenue Thursday night turned out not to be a bomb, police said.
A bomb squad was called to inspect the briefcase at about 8 p.m. when it was discovered at the corner of Shattuck and Center Street, next to what appeared to be Arabic writing on the sidewalk.
It is not known if the writing was connected to the briefcase. The briefcase turned out to contain personal papers, according to police.
The block of Shattuck between Center and Allston Way was closed down for an hour and a half Thursday because of the scare.