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Clemente Bridge reopened after suspicious package investigated

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Tom Davidson | Tribune-Review
A Pittsburgh police officer blocks access to the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Police closed the bridge to investigate an unattended package.
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Tom Davidson | Tribune-Review
A Pittsburgh police officer blocks access to the Roberto Clemente Bridge on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Police closed the bridge to investigate an unattended package.

Pittsburgh’s Roberto Clemente Bridge was closed to traffic Friday for about two hours as police investigated a suspicious package.

The bridge reopened around 12:30 p.m.

“The device was determined to not pose a threat to the public,” said Chris Togneri, a spokesman for the city’s public safety department. “It did not have the potential to cause an explosion, but it was definitely designed to look like a dangerous device.”

He declined to describe what it looked like.

The package was found on a closed-off walkway leading from the river walk to the north side of the bridge. The package did not contain explosives but it looked like a convincing explosive device, he said.

A person walking along the river spotted the package and flagged down a nearby police officer around 10:30 a.m., Togneri said. The officer requested that the bomb squad investigate the package.

The bomb squad first sent a robot to look at the package and then a man in a protective suit.

Assistant News Editor Aaron Aupperlee contributed to this report. Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter @TribDavidson.

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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