George Washington Bridge reopens after ‘hoax device’ causes temporary closure

MANHATTAN — The upper level of the George Washington Bridge reopened Thursday night after being closed for well over 90 minutes due to police activity caused by what police are calling a “hoax device.”

The lower level in both directions was reopened after delays of about a half hour.

The George Washington Bridge was shut down because of a suspicious package on Aug. 22, 2019. (Citizen App)

The NYPD said it’s a bomb threat, but the investigation is being handled by the Port Authority Police Department. The PAPD has called in the Bergen County Bomb Squad.

There’s a suspicious package on the upper level of the bridge, a Port Authority spokeswoman said.

The upper level was closed around 9:30 p.m. The lower level was closed around 10:20 p.m.

Authorities gave the all clear just after 11 p.m.

Commuters were not happy about the delay.

“This is ridiculous,” a commuter tweeted. “No signs or anything and we still don’t know what’s going on.”

“What is the police activity? Is my safety at risk? And how long can I expect to be stuck in the middle of this bridge? This is unacceptable,” one person tweeted.

“We should not have to live in fear of bombs on the road going home every night,” another commuter tweeted.

The bridge, which spans the Hudson River, is considered one of the busiest in the world.

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