May 4, 2016

Partly sunny

State Route 2 reopen in Erie County after false bomb scare

The Lorain County Bomb Squad was called after an Ohio Department of Transportation worker discovered what appeared to be a pipe bomb near state Route 2 in Erie County.

As a result, state Route 2 eastbound and westbound was shut down between state Routes 60 and 61, said Christine Myers, spokeswoman for ODOT. Myers said a portion of state Route 2 was re-opened after it was discovered that the suspected pipe bomb was actually a document holder belonging to a trucking company.

Dispatcher Cary Ahten, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Sandusky post, said the device, which looked like a pipe bomb, was sent to be analyzed, but she did not have the results of the test. She said Highway Patrol was investigating but it was determined that it wasn’t an explosive device.

Highway Patrol was initially called to the scene at 11:22 a.m. after a report from the ODOT worker. The roads were re-opened by 1:30 p.m., she said.

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