Suspicious container near Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron cleared

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A suspicious container found near train tracks north of the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron turned out not to be an explosive device, officials said.

The container was spotted at about 7:36 a.m. near the tracks and a scenic turnout by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Port Huron police officials said in a statement.

They said the Michigan State Police Bomb Squad was called to the scene to examine it. State officials determined at 9:24 a.m. the container was a mechanical/electrical device in a cylinder shape and similar in size to a two-liter bottle. 

Officials said the bridge and traffic in the area have been reopened.

Earlier, authorities blocked off access to the area and the U.S. Coast Guard blocked off nearby boat traffic as a precaution. International traffic on the Blue Water Bridge was also stopped for about 90 minutes.

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