Encounter with Possible Bomb Threat on NJ Interstate

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Unfortunately, this is no joke. To the frustration of hundreds of commuters going to work this morning, a “suspicious item” found on New Jersey’s Interstate 287 caused hours of halted traffic as investigators called in a robotics unit to safely search out any potential threats from the package.

Over three miles of highway between Parsippany and Hanover were shut down while the bomb squad worked. Southbound traffic was backed up to Boonton, with northbound all the way to Morristown. Drivers were encouraged to seek alternate routes if possible.

NJ.com even reported a helicopter surveying the scene as the robot searched through the package’s contents. One of the site’s users complained, “If this was such an emergency then why wasn’t it broadcasted on the emergency broadcasting system and sent to all the smart phones?”

The disruption created lingering delays even after the investigation ended at 11am, when the road was reopened.

After hours of search and delays, what was the package and what were its contents? A suitcase filled with stuffed animals and some trash.

I guess we’ll chalk it up to a close call (and be glad we didn’t receive alerts on all of our smartphones).

[via NBC News]

Zachery Bridgeman | News Cult