UPDATE - BRIDGE OPEN: Steel Bridge Closed to All Traffic for Suspicious Tool Box - Bomb Squad Responding

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April 16, 2013 18:45

  

The Steel Bridge has been reopened to all traffic after the Bomb Squad determined that the tool box left on the bridge did not contain any explosive device.

Officers learned that the tool box fell out of a maintenance truck and was in the roadway. A man riding a bicycle stopped, picked up the tool box and put it on the bridge railing, then ran back to his bike and rode away.

It's important to note that although this was not an explosive device or meant to look like one, the 9-1-1 call was appropriate based on what the caller observed.

Community members seeing suspicious activity should always call 9-1-1 for police response.

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Media staging is at Northwest Naito and Davis.

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This afternoon, Tuesday April 16, 2013, at 4:21 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North and Central Precinct responded to the report of a subject who placed a tool box on the Steel Bridge then ran away.

Officers arrived in the area and based on their observations called for the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit (MEDU) to respond to the scene.

Presently the Steel Bridge is closed to all traffic, including MAX. Commuters should seek alternate routes and check with TriMet (www.trimet.org) for alternate routes and shuttles.

PIO is enroute to the scene, ETA 20 minutes.

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