A dog reportedly hit on something behind a park bench and authorities investigated. Out of an abundance of caution, they called for the bomb squad to check it out. The cylinder was deemed to be no threat, and both the criminal and civil courthouses were cleared.
Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen said, "From first blush, it really did look very suspicious. It had end caps on both sides of the pipe. It was a fairly sizable pipe"
Court business has returned to usual.