'Suspicious package' causes brief closure of Key Biscayne, disrupting Sony Open

In a day which most of the top players in the world competed at the Sony Open, the Tuesday evening session turned into a chaotic situation when a, “suspicious package,’’  was left unattended at the front gate of the Crandon Park Tennis Center at about 8 p.m.

The Miami-Dade police set up a perimeter and cordoned off all entrances and exits to Key Biscayne. Also, fans from the day session weren’t allowed to leave the premises and fans from the night session weren’t allowed in.

“We apologize for any inconvenience but the safety of the public must be placed first,’’ the Sony Open released in a statement as of 9 p.m.

At 9:23, it was announced that the Miami-Dade Police Department bomb squad had deemed the package safe and that normal entry and exit from the grounds had resumed.


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It’s possible the incident affected more than 24,000 people, who attended the day and night sessions.