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Police: Box that closed bridge just loose wires

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Posted at 9:32 PM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-21 22:51:48-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maryland State Police say a suspicious package that caused the closure of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge has turned out to be a box of loose wires.

Troopers said on their Twitter account that a brown cardboard box with red wires and duct tape was found in the bridge's southbound lanes in Prince George's County about 6:45 p.m. Thursday.

Officials closed the bridge in both directions for a few hours to investigate, with the Prince George's County bomb squad on the scene.

The Washington Post reports that the shutdown created miles-long backups. The bridge crosses the Potomac River between Alexandria, Virginia, and Oxon Hill, Maryland

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