New York bridge reopens after finding no explosives in abandoned truck

22:03, May 06, 2010      

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A U-Haul truck is seen leaving the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, also known as the Triborough Bridge, with a police escort shortly before the bridge was reopened to the public in New York May 5, 2010. New York City's Triborough Bridge was shut down on Wednesday night after police said a truck, smelling of gas, was found abandoned on the busy thoroughfare. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

New York City's RFK/Triborough Bridge, which had been shut down for about two hours before midnight on Wednesday, reopened to traffic early Thursday.

Xinhua correspondent on the site has noticed that vehicles are moving slowly across the bridge.

RFK/Triborough Bridge was shut down Wednesday night after a truck, smelling of gas, was found abandoned on the bridge.

New York authorities have confirmed that the truck did not pose a threat.

Police shut down the bridge on both directions after being made aware of the incident shortly after 10 p.m. lacal time Wednesday.

A bomb squad was called to the scene after a toll booth operator who approached the truck smelled a strong odor of gasoline, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told the media.

A notification sent to this Xinhua correspondent at about 11 p.m. says: "Due to police activity the RFK/Tri-Borough Bridge is closed in both directions."

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