Brooklyn Bridge Closure for Hour-Plus Due to Abandoned SUV

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:04 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The Brooklyn Bridge was shut down for more than an hour late Monday by an abandoned SUV that brought traffic to a halt as New York City police investigated whether the vehicle posed a threat to Memorial Day travelers.

The abandoned Dodge Durango was called in at around 5:15 p.m. by commuters, the Associated Press reported.

The SUV had no plates, nor did it have a vehicle identification number, according to Christopher Miller, a spokesman with the New York City Office of Emergency Management, CNN reports.

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The blue SUV was abandoned in the Manhattan-bound lanes of the bridge toward the entrance from the Brooklyn side of the East River.

After closing down both incoming and outgoing bridge roadways as well as the pedestrian walkway at about 6 p.m., the NYPD's bomb squad, who were accompanied by other investigators, determined there to be no threat about an hour later.

Authorities reopened the entryways shortly after 7 p.m. after the all-clear was given.

This isn't the first time the Brooklyn Bridge has been closed in recent years for suspicious packages.

On Oct. 15, 2010, a suspicious package caused the bridge to be shut down for several hours after pedestrians noticed what appeared to be a "flashlight with copper wiring" along a walkway, New York Magazine notes. The suspicious package was later deemed to be a false alarm.

In 2009, three empty black suitcases found on the bridge shut it down for just over an hour, the AP notes.

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Opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge at the time.
It has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, and a New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, according to NYC.gov.

More than 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians and thousands of bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day, according to NYC's Department of Transportation.

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