Traffic on Michigan’s famous Mackinac Bridge has been halted following reports of a bomb threat, according to state police.
Michigan State Police told local news agency WLUC-TV that a “bomb threat” closed the bridge in both directions while authorities investigated the scene.
“The Makino Bridge is CLOSED for traffic due to an emergency. Please stay away from this place, ”added the Makinaki Bridge administration in a statement to WLUC-TV.
The video showed cars waiting to cross after authorities blocked traffic on both sides.
The Bridge Authority added that law enforcement had conducted an initial search of the structure and found no explosive devices, and that they were taking appropriate action. second search.
“Law enforcement has notified the MBA of an explosion threat on the bridge; The MBA closed the bridge at 2:15 pm. After careful searches, nothing was found, ”the MBA tweeted.
“They are completing another sweep and are hoping to reopen the bridge soon. MSP and Mackinaw City Police are investigating. “
Shortly after the announcement, the webcam broadcast on the Office’s website was disabled.
Eventually, the bridge reopened two hours later when law enforcement allowed him to do so.
“On the Makino Bridge, everything is clear. Please drive carefully. Have a nice and pleasant trip! “the authority tweeted when it reopened.
The suspension bridge connecting the Lower and Upper Michigan peninsulas first opened to traffic on November 1, 1957.
The total length of the bridge is five miles and it took 2,500 workers over three years to build it using 71,300 tons of structural steel, 466,300 cubic yards of concrete, 41,000 miles of wire rope and millions of steel rivets and bolts.