• Suspicious device found in mouth of gator statue near Baldwin Park restaurant

    By: Christopher Boyce , Samantha Manning

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - Officials responded after reports of a suspicious device was located near a Baldwin Park restaurant Wednesday night.

    The device was located inside the mouth of a gator statue in front of Gator's Dockside in the 4900 block of New Broad Street around 6:35 p.m.

    A photo of the device appears to show a plastic bag wrapped with rope.

    Orlando Fire Department's Bomb Squad later collected the device without incident. 

    The area had to be evacuated briefly, according to the Orlando Police Department. Everyone was allowed back in the area just before 9 p.m.

    The investigation remains ongoing. 

    This story will be updated as more information becomes known. 

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