According to state police, traffic on Michigan’s famous Mackinac Bridge was halted after a bomb threat was reported.
Michigan State Police told local news affiliate WLUC-TV that a “bomb threat” had closed the bridge in both directions as officers investigated the scene.
“Due to an emergency, the Mackinac Bridge has been closed to all traffic. Please stay away from the area,” the Mackinac Bridge Authority added in a statement to WLUC-TV.
The video showed the cars waiting to cross after officials closed traffic on both sides.
The Bridge Authority said law enforcement had done a preliminary sweep of the structure and no explosive devices were found, and that they were undertaking the operation. Another quest.
“Law enforcement notified the MBA of a bomb threat on the bridge; the MBA closed the bridge at 2:15 p.m. After a thorough search nothing was found.
“They are completing another sweep and hope to reopen the bridge soon. MSP and Mackinaw City Police are investigating.”
The webcam feed on the authority’s website was taken down soon after the announcement.
The bridge eventually reopened after two hours when law enforcement made it clear to do so.
“Everything is clear on the Mackinac Bridge. Please drive with caution. Have a safe and enjoyable journey!” Authority tweeted when it reopened.
The suspension bridge connecting Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsula was first opened to traffic on November 1, 1957.
The bridge has a total length of five miles and took 2,500 workers three years to build, using 71,300 tons of structural steel, 466,3000 cubic yards of concrete, 41,000 miles of cable wire and millions of steel rivets and bolts.