The OPP is thanking the public for reporting a suspicious package to police in Bracebridge.

Although it was deemed a false alarm by Bracebridge OPP, investigators say the report from the public shows how engaged locals are in community safety.

The package was discovered next to a meter station on Balls Drive on Wednesday. During the police investigation, officers re-routed school buses and traffic. Police say the package was placed there purposefully by a professional and was related to gas flow.