A Norfolk bomb threat closed two tunnels for a good part of the day after a bomb threat was called into the Virginia State Police before 8 a.m. on Wednesday. This put officers on alert and the call forced inspections of all trucks passing through the two tunnels, the Hampton Roads Bride-Tunnel and the Monitor-Merrimac Tunnel, according to ABC News local on Sept. 11.
As you might imagine this backed traffic up for miles around these two tunnels as commercial vehicles were inspected by police throughout the day. The time-frame for the threat expired, but the police continued with their inspections until about 3:15 p.m., in an overabundance of caution.
The call brought in FBI and Homeland Security to assist the local and state authorities with inspecting the commercial vehicles. Special bomb-sniffing dogs also joined the ranks of the many law enforcement personal teams that responded to this threat.
While some people stuck in this long line of traffic were upset once realizing it must have been a prank since the tunnels reopened without an incident occurring. Others were happy to see the law enforcement come out in a mass response like this, even though it took a good chunk out of their day waiting in line for the inspections.
With it being the 9/11 anniversary date, this heightened the response even more from law enforcement. Authorities released a statement:
"At approximately 7:50 a.m., Wednesday (Sept. 11, 2013), Virginia State Police received a phone call regarding a bomb threat within the Hampton Roads region. The threat included a timeframe for the threat to occur, which has since expired.
At this time, no incidents have been reported anywhere in the Hampton Roads region. As a precautionary measure, state police immediately stepped up patrols within the region as well as initiated commercial vehicle inspections along Interstates 64 and 664.
For the safety of the motoring public, the inspections will continue throughout the day due to it being the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.
State police have also been working with federal and local law enforcement to evaluate the threat, and to supplement patrol and inspection resources. The incident remains under investigation."
Due to the nature of today’s anniversary, state police across the Commonwealth have been on heightened alert for the safety of the Commonwealth and its citizens. "