Detroit/Windsor Border Crossing Shut Down AGAIN by Another Bomb Threat
DETROIT - The Ambassador Bridge is now reopen after shutting down after authorities received a threat on Monday.
The bridge reopened around 1 a.m. Tuesday. No device was found.
The Detroit side of the bridge was completely shut off to traffic Monday evening. The U.S. Coast Guard was working with Canadian officials to get the bridge shut down on that side, too.
The U.S. Coast Guard also was securing the Detroit River. A stretch of the river was shut down while the bridge was shut down.
According to Mickey Blashfield, of the Detroit International Bridge Company, a bomb threat was phoned in at 7:52 p.m. Monday. The threat was on the American side of the bridge. The Detroit police are the lead agency in the investigation. Police said the call came from the city of Detroit. The caller said there was a bomb on the bridge and it would go off in 10 minutes.
Blashfield said Monday night that he expected the bridge to be reopened soon. He said the threat was called into the Detroit Police Department. Homeland Security notified the DIBC. Bridge security and Detroit police worked together to complete an inspection.
Truckers were told they should expect to wait hours to cross the bridge while traffic was backed up for miles on both sides. The trucks cannot cross the Detroit River through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, so they either have to wait at the Ambassador Bridge or drive north to Port Huron to cross at the Blue Water Bridge.
Just last Thursday the Detroit/Windsor tunnel was shut down for four hours due to a bomb threat which was called in from a public phone outside the Windsor Duty Free Shop.
The Detroit/Windsor border crossing is the busiest international border in North America.