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UPDATE: Lanes reopen on Atlanta freeway after device investigation

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Authorities have closed Interstate 75/85 and 14th Street to investigate a suspicious package. WXIA photo Authorities have closed Interstate 75/85 and 14th Street to investigate a suspicious package. WXIA photo

ATLANTA (AP) - Traffic is flowing again on a stretch of Atlanta freeway that was closed while authorities investigated a suspicious device.

Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says authorities on Monday found a tube-shaped object taped to the east side of a bridge spanning the downtown connector. The connector is a stretch of freeway where Interstates 75 and 85 meet in Atlanta.

Police eventually detonated the device, which charred a section of the bridge. Lanes in both directions were closed for about two hours and traffic backups extended to many surface streets. All lanes of the connector were reopened around 4:30 p.m.

Additional details on the device aren't immediately available.

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ATLANTA (AP) - Police say a suspicious package has prompted a freeway closure near downtown Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy says authorities found a tube-shaped object taped to the east side of the 14th Street bridge, which spans the downtown connector. The connector is a stretch of freeway where Interstates 75 and 85 meet in Atlanta.

According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, lanes in both directions and southbound I-75 ramps to 14th Street are closed while police investigate.

Georgia State Patrol is assisting in the investigation. Additional details weren't immediately available.

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