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Manhattan Bridge Reopens After Suspicious Bag Removed
6 May 2005

NEW YORK (AP)--The Manhattan Bridge, linking Manhattan and Brooklyn, reopened after it was closed for about an hour Friday morning after police received a report of a suspicious package there.

The black and red bag was found on the Manhattan side, on the lower bridge of the two-tier span.

Police Department spokeswoman Annette Markowski said the bridge was closed to vehicular traffic around 9 a.m. Subway tracks on the bridge also were closed.

Cable News Network showed footage of police officers on the bridge examining X-rays they took of the bag's contents.

Markowski said the bridge was reopened after the bag was removed.

Further details weren't immediately available.

The bag was discovered one day after two makeshift grenades exploded outside the British Consulate in Midtown Manhattan, slightly damaging the front of the building but causing no injuries.

The blast occurred just as Britons went to the polls in a national election, but authorities said it was unclear whether the explosion was related to the election.

Authorities have made no arrest in Thursday morning's explosion, which remained under investigation.

The black and red knapsack, which authorities later determined was filled with items of clothing, was left on the lower bridge of the two-tier span, said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Hayes.

The package was removed about 10:15 a.m., and the bridge was quickly reopened for both vehicular traffic and subways, he said.
 
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