March 23, 2018
An investigation is underway after two men were seen entering an underground grate near the Pennsylvania Convention Center early Friday morning, Philadelphia police said.
According to police, employees of the nearby Home2 Suites Hotel saw two men exit a Toyota and enter a sidewalk grate along 12th Street around 1 a.m. The men emerged about 25 minutes later and left the scene in the same car. Both men reportedly were white, appeared to be in their 30s and wore brown jackets.
The area of Arch Street between 11th and 13th streets was temporarily blocked off as police investigated, though it began reopening around 11 a.m.
A police search did not find anything in the area.
UPDATE: roads and sidewalks around 12th and Arch are reopening as scene is cleared. https://t.co/kn0Rk84uq5— Philadelphia OEM (@PhilaOEM) March 23, 2018
While searching the area, police identified an unmarked bag.
Deirdre Childress Hopkins, the strategic communications manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, told PhillyVoice the situation did not impact the massive building.
"I think that's been cleared," Hopkins said. "It's off our property. It hasn't been a situation for us. We coordinated with the police. We monitored it closely."
The convention center did not need to evacuate or take any precautionary actions, she said.