Brooklyn Bridge shut down because of flashlights

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge was shut down because of suspicious flashlights. Image: eschipul/Flickr/CC-BY-SA

This morning, the Brooklyn Bridge was shut down for more than an hour. Pedestrian, cycle and vehicle traffic was closed on the bridge while police investigated “suspicious packages.” The bridge was re-opened when the packages were confirmed to be flashlights with copper wiring.

Brooklyn Bridge shut down by 911 call

Today at 9:38 a.m. local time, police received a 911 call about the Brooklyn Bridge. Reports say the caller reported a flashlight with copper wiring, and it’s also reported that the caller said there were “suspicious packages.” The police immediately shut down the bridge, and the NYPD brought in crews to investigate. There are no reports yet on whether bomb squads were called in or if police independently investigated the suspicious item.

Brooklyn Bridge packages were flashlights

After police investigated, the Brooklyn Bridge was re-opened to all traffic at 10:55 a.m. The flashlights found at both ends of the bridge were most likely from the “Light the Night” walk for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society that was held on Thursday night. This event had participants carrying illuminated balloons in order to raise awareness. These illuminated balloons could also be an explanation for the UFO sightings over New York. These illuminated balloons, meant to call attention to and raise much-needed money for cancer, could very well be cause of many of the recent problems in New York City.

Construction continues to snarl Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is not completely opened for unfettered access. Because the bridge, built in 1883, is undergoing construction on both sides, traffic is still slightly limited. The New York Police Department tends to take a “better safe than sorry” viewpoint when it comes to possible threats to the safety of the city. Nonetheless, some will undoubtedly label this incident an overreaction. However, the speed with which the Brooklyn Bridge was reopened has improved greatly in comparison to former threats.


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