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Brooklyn Bridge reopens after brief closure

The Brooklyn Bridge is shut down in both directions as New York City police investigated a report of a suspicious package on the pedestrian walkway.
/ Source: news services

The Brooklyn Bridge reopened Friday after New York police determined a suspicious package spotted on the pedestrian walkway was harmless.

The report came in just before 10 a.m. ET Friday. Police say someone on the walkway saw a flashlight with copper wiring and called 911. Pedestrian traffic also was halted.

The bridge, which was opened in 1883, is undergoing a series of renovations for the next several years and there is a lot of construction on both the Manhattan and Brooklyn ends.

Police said they believe the flashlight was left behind from a charity event. Earlier, the bridge was the site of a cancer walk with people carrying balloons and flashlights, according to NBC News affiliate WNBC.