Roanoke MLK Bridge suspicious item determined to be art project - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Roanoke MLK Bridge suspicious item determined to be art project

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State Police bomb squad head onto the bridge State Police bomb squad head onto the bridge

4:43 p.m.

Roanoke City Police believe the device was part of an art project.

According to Sgt. J.K. Holt, a woman called police at 9:39 a.m., and reported seeing a drink can wrapped with duct tape, attached to the metal brace on the MLK Bridge rail.  A zip tie held the device in place.

Due to the anniversary of Dr. King death, and the location where the device was found, Sgt. Holt says the State Police bomb squad was called to help, and the bridge was blocked off as a precaution.

A State Police robot eventually removed the device, and troopers eventually detonated it.

Sgt. Holt says investigators determined the device was a homemade pinhole camera used for solargraphy, as part of an art project.  Police believe the device had nothing to do with the anniversary of Dr. King's death.

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1:00 p.m.

State police tell WSLS, the bomb robot has detonated the suspicious item.

All roads and the bridge are re-open.

Detectives have not said what the item was.

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12:26 p.m.

Roanoke Police are now calling the item found on the Martin Luther King Bridge in downtown Roanoke a suspicious item.

Officers say, the first call came in around 9:40 a.m. this morning about an item zip tied to the bridge.

Investigators from the Roanoke Police department are working together with State Police on the investigation.

The State Police bomb robot is on the scene.

Police have blocked traffic across the bridge and closed down intersections on both sides.

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11:30 a.m.

State Police have confirmed they are investigating a suspicious package in downtown Roanoke near the Martin Luther King Bridge.  The State Police bomb robot is on the scene. 

WSLS 10's Erin Barnett will bring you more information as it's released.

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