Suspicious object prompts I-70 closure

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DE BEQUE, Colo. The roads proved to be the biggest obstacle for many travelers on Tuesday afternoon after a suspicious object found near I-70 prompts a five hour closure of the highway.

The cylindrical object that was discovered by a C-DOT worker at approximately 11:30 A.M. yesterday morning caused authorities to shutdown all east and westbound lanes of I-70 as a precautionary measure.

The Grand Junction Police Department's Bomb Squad removed the suspicious object from its location on the bridge near mile marker 62.8 for detonation.

After examining it, the bomb technicians determined it was not an explosive device, and instead was likely a piece of equipment used by workers in the energy industry.

Motorists were forced to either take a precarious detour or make an unexpected pit stop while the investigation was in progress.
“Maybe we'll go fruit shopping or maybe go do some wine tasting for an hour and see if it opens up,” say Chad Hume of Golden, CO.

“We might grab a couple bottles of wine at a local winery, and we'll kind of probably look on the news to see how long this thing is going to last, and if it's a couple hours maybe grab dinner in town or something,” says Atti Molnar of Littleton, CO.

The bomb squad's efforts proved the object harmless and all lanes of I-70 were reopened by four o'clock in the afternoon.

As a result of the closure, many Grand Valley businesses located near highway off-ramps saw some slight visitor boosts.

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