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Updated 5-28-2013: New York's Brooklyn Bridge Closed To Traffic Due To Abandoned Vehicle Stopped Midway On Span (back open)
‘All Clear’ Sounded, Brooklyn Bridge Back Open To Vehicle Traffic
Police Were Searching Abandoned SUV With No License Plates
May 27, 2013 11:00 PM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)
– The NYPD shut down traffic in both directions on the Brooklyn Bridge, for an hour on Monday evening, due to a suspicious vehicle causing a traffic nightmare.
Police were searching and eventually seized an abandoned
with no license plate located in the middle of the Manhattan-bound span. The pedestrian walkway was also shut down in both directions.
The call came in around 5:15 p.m. and 45-minutes later the bomb squad was on the scene.
The search caused traffic problems all over Lower Manhattan.
“It’s pretty bad, pretty bad. They got people directing up there, but the volume is just too much,” TriBeCa resident Sal Chiulla told CBS 2′s Jessica Schneider.
The operation created tense moments for New Yorkers who didn’t know what was in the vehicle.
“Definitely a little scary. But, I’m sure our police are on top of it and have it all cleared out. Everyone seems to be safe and getting where they need to be going,” Lori Weitzel said.
The Manhattan Bridge was jammed heading into Brooklyn around 6 p.m., according to WCBS 880′s Chris Maget.
The ‘all-clear’ was sounded around 7 p.m.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE CLOSED BECAUSE OF ABANDONED CAR
May. 27 6:17 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say the Brooklyn Bridge is closed while they investigate an abandoned car.
Traffic in both directions was halted around 6 p.m. Monday. The New York Police Department says the car is midway along the bridge on the Manhattan-bound side.
No further information was immediately available.
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