A Norfolk bomb threat had many in the local Va. area worried this week and spurred a dogged truck inspection, though both tunnels involved have been reopened. Even after the threat timed out, police officials and bomb expert teams continued to inspect trucks through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and the Monitor-Merrimac tunnel, WVEC.com reports this Wednesday, Sept 11.
The Norfolk bomb threat was made this Wednesday morning, alerting all local officers and causing inspections of passing trucks to be made at all stops, leading to major traffic backups in and around the two Norfolk tunnels. According to the Va. state police, both trucks and commercial vehicles would need immediate inspection, continuing their work even after the threat hours had timed out for the public’s safety.
Each of the tunnels were reopened this afternoon, letting the traffic through at roughly 3:15 today.
A combination of local and state patrols, FBI members, Homeland Security officers, and specialized dog teams were dispatched following the Norfolk bomb threat. The task force was said to work “excellently and efficiently together,” said one witness report.
In a follow-up statement following the threat perhaps purposely made on 9/11, authorities stated:
"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. "
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