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Upper-level of George Washington Bridge in New York City closed after suspicious package found

Upper-level of George Washington Bridge in New York City is closed after suspicious package is found and the bomb squad are called

  • The George Washington Bridge was closed on Thursday night after a suspicious and potentially explosive package was discovered on its upper-level 
  • The NYPD said it’s a bomb threat, but the investigation is being handled by the Port Authority Police Department
  • Officials referred to the suspect package as ‘some form of device’
  • Initially, only the bridge’s upper-level was closed, but as of 10:20pm, the lower level of the bridge was also shut due to police activity 

The George Washington Bridge was closed by authorities on Thursday night after a suspicious and potentially explosive package was discovered on its upper-level.

The NYPD said it’s a bomb threat, but the investigation is being handled by the Port Authority Police Department. 

Officials referred to the suspect package as ‘some form of device’. 

Initially, only the bridge’s upper-level was closed, but as of 10:20pm, the lower level of the bridge was also shut due to police activity, the Port Authority tweeted. 

The George Washington Bridge was closed by authorities on Thursday night after a suspicious and potentially explosive package was discovered on the upper-level

The PAPD summoned the Bergen County Bomb Squad to the bridge, which connects the Upper-West Side of New York City to New Jersey. 

‘A suspicious package on the upper level of the bridge is currently under investigation. At this time the upper level, eastbound and westbound, is currently closed,’ a Port Authority spokeswoman said.  

Reports on social media indicate a heavy police presence in the area, with heavy traffic accumulating as a result of the closures.  

Reports on social media indicate a heavy police presence in the area, with heavy traffic accumulating as a result of the closures

Reports on social media indicate a heavy police presence in the area, with heavy traffic accumulating as a result of the closures

The PAPD summoned the Bergen County Bomb Squad to the bridge, which connects the Upper-West Side of New York City to New Jersey

The PAPD summoned the Bergen County Bomb Squad to the bridge, which connects the Upper-West Side of New York City to New Jersey

‘What is the police activity? Is my safety at risk? And how long can I expect to be stuck in the middle of this bridge? This is unacceptable,’ one person tweeted.

‘Can anyone give information on why access to the George Washington Bridge has been cut off by police for the past 15 minutes?’ tweeted another stranded motorist. ‘The only announcement they have made is to “everyone stay in your vehicles.”‘

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