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Mackinac Bridge bomb threat still under investigation

By: - July 19, 2021 12:18 pm

Mackinac Bridge | Laina G. Stebbins

A bomb threat on the Mackinac bridge on Sunday closed the bridge for about three hours while authorities swept the area. 

According to the Mackinac City Police Department, at around 2 p.m. Sunday, Chippewa County Central Dispatch in Mackinac County received a call from someone claiming to have put a bomb at the south end of the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City.  

“The suspect stated he put a bomb on the south end of the Bridge and he was in a vehicle parked near a local gas station near the Bridge.  A complete search of the surrounding area, including East and West of the Bridge and underneath it, found no vehicle matching the description,” said Todd Woods, Mackinaw City chief of police. 

According to police, it’s unclear if the caller was ever in the area. 

Woods said the threat was similar to a bomb threat in January in Harbor Springs, which also was resolved without incident. 

Local authorities did two sweeps of the Mackinac Bridge and no items were located on the bridge, but the threat is still under investigation. 

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue is a former Michigan Advance reporter who covered education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8.