A few days before the celebration of its 120th Anniversary and only several months after the kick-off of its renovation campaign, Central Baptist Church in the Hill District faced an unsettling instance on July 9 when a suspicious suitcase was found in the parking lot of their 2200 Wylie Ave. location.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Public Information Officer and Spokesperson Diane Richard said Zone 2 officers responded to a call of a report of a suspicious package. When they arrived, officers found a tan suitcase in the parking lot. The Bomb Squad was called to the scene and after examination of the suitcase by techs, the suitcase and the area were found to be safe.

Reverend Victor J. Grigsby, pastor, and other representatives were contacted for comment, but did not return the calls in time for publication.

The church will begin the celebration of its 120th Anniversary on July 14 and in April presented a rendering and began a capital campaign to raise money for the New Central church building renovation.

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