Published: May 18, 2010 4:58 PM EDT

UPDATE: Downtown reopening to citizens following bomb scare; suspicious package detonated

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Marshal's office reports a suspicious package has been detonated in front of the Federal Courthouse and Federal building on First Street.

The suspicious lunch cooler-type package as found around 8:50 a.m.

A loud "pop" was heard in the vicinity of the package shortly after 11:30 a.m. when authorities detonated the package.

The Bomb Squad's remote control robot was used to perform an X-ray of the suspicious package.

Ft. Myers Police Chief Doug Baker said, "We're just trying to remove it soon as possible to ensure the safety and security of downtown and everyone who utilizes the area."

The Federal Courthouse and several downtown businesses, including Starbucks, a law firm and Quiznos have been evacuated; employees of other downtown businesses in the area.  Employees of other downtown businesses are being told to stay indoors as authorities investigated the package.

As a result of the investigation, authorities have temporarily closed down  the following areas to traffic:

- Monroe Street to Broadway
- First Street to Main
- Second Street

 WINKNews.com will bring you continuing updates on the situation.

UPDATE: Downtown reopening to citizens following bomb scare; suspicious package detonated