Police responded to a report of a suspicious device in downtown’s East Village area Wednesday night.
According to authorities, the device – which appears to be some sort of pipe with wires – was located at 16th Street and G Street.
Police and fire crews arrived at the scene around 10:40 p.m.
Authorities blocked off southbound traffic from 16th street at G Street as they investigated.
An arson strike team has been requested as well.
At 12:19 a.m., authorities confirmed that the suspicious device turned out to be a ballast from a fluorescent light.
All units were cleared and road was re-opened.