Suspicious Package Shuts Down Bridge to Mexico

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAREDO, Texas -- A U.S.-Mexico border bridge was shut down for about two hours after authorities responded to a report of a suspicious package and later discovered it was a "hoax device."

Authorities said a transient spotted the package near a trash bin under the bridge on Saturday morning and notified Border Patrol agents.

Laredo police used a robot to examine the package. The bomb-defusing robot shot the package with a high-powered water cannon, blowing it to pieces and exposing the device inside, said police spokesman Jose E. Baeza.

It did not detonate.

"When we got up close, we realized it was a hoax device," Franceska Perot, spokeswoman for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told The Laredo Morning Times for its Sunday online editions.

"In other words, it did not contain explosives. It was basically road flares."

ATF will conduct an investigation to find who is responsible.

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