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Michigan Avenue Bridge Reopens After Suspicious Package Scare

By Emily Morris | April 29, 2013 12:56pm

RIVER NORTH — Emergency crews have reopened the Michigan Avenue bridge after a suspicious package report briefly led to its closure Monday afternoon.

Someone spotted a plastic bottle that had the words "liquid fire" on it beneath the bridge about 11:20 a.m., police and fire officials said. The bottle was in a plastic bag, and Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief Mitchell Crooker said he did not believe it was placed there intentionally.

"It has to be treated as an IED [improvised explosive device] … it's just the era that we are in right now," Crooker said. "If someone sees something, it might warrant an investigation."

Crooker said the liquid in the bottle was "acid-based" and that authorities were continuing to investigate it.

Police closed the bridge to all traffic as authorities investigated, but reopened as of 1:15 p.m.