Suspicious item deemed safe near Jewish Center in Jacksonville

San Jose Blvd. closed, businesses locked down for hours for investigation

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., – A suspicious item caused the closure of San Jose Boulevard at Haley Road for hours Saturday morning, but the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has given the all-clear.

Bowl America was on lockdown. People inside said they were told there was a bomb threat at a synagogue in the area, but the lockdown is over now.

A man who said he works at the Jacksonville Jewish Center called the police and reported finding what looked to be a 2-foot-long black safe near the building just before 8 a.m. Saturday.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer corroborated the man's story, and the bomb squad deemed the situation safe.

Both northbound and southbound lanes of San Jose Blvd. were closed at Haley Road for hours, causing major traffic jams. 

The closure has caused massive traffic backups on 295 North. You should try to avoid the area if possible. You can see the traffic jam from this Department of Transportation camera below.