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The Charleston YMCA is back open after a brief evacuation Wednesday morning.

Charleston Police officers and Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies responded to the center after a "suspicious bottle" was found in the men's locker room at the center off of Hillcrest Drive, YMCA director Monty Warner said.

The bottle was located in the locker room at 11:36 a.m. and looked suspicious enough to warrant a response from police, said Charleston Police Lt. Autumn Davis.

The sheriff's office took X-ray images of the bottle and determined there was a small amount of fluid in it, Davis said.

Davis said investigators will determine what was inside the bottle.

Warner and Davis said there didn't appear to be an immediate threat against the facility, and members were free to come and go as they pleased by 12:45, Warner said.

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