Michigan Avenue Bridge Reopens After 'Suspicious Item' Found

Police shut down Chicago River, Michigan Avenue Bridge after item was found near the bridge

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Police closed the Michigan Avenue Bridge to pedestrians and Chicago River to boats Monday after a "suspicious item" was found. Police reopened the bridge and river after about an hour. (Published Monday, Apr 29, 2013)

    The Chicago River and Michigan Avenue Bridge were reopened just after 1 p.m. after being shut down Monday for about an hour for a "suspicious item" found near the bridge.

    The item was described as an unattended bottle in a plastic bag spotted under the bridge.

    The river's waters were closed to boats and the bridge was shut down to pedestrians, Police News Affairs said. Cars were still being allowed to cross the bridge.

    A bomb squad was called to the scene just before noon as well as several firefighters and police officers.

    Officers were seen removing police tape and allowing pedestrians back on the bridge at about 1:10 p.m. and the News Affairs said the area was clear. It's not yet known what was in the bottle.