Update: Columbia River Bridge in Longview reopened, no explosives found March 19, 2018
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Update 3/19/18: The Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Columbia River in Longview was reopend to traffic about 2:30 pm Monday after no explosives were found in two backpacks that had been tied to the bridge and suspended from the span underneath it.
Oregon State Police bomb technicians exploded both packpacks and neither one was found to contain an exlosive material.
Witnesses told police an older man with a gray beard had tied the backpacks to the bridge and left them dangling on the Oregon side while he left the area in a gray, early 1970's model Chevrolet pickup truck.
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(LONGVIEW, WA.) -- At 11:00 am Monday the Washington State Patrol (WSP) issued a brief statement saying the Longview-Rainer State Route 433 Bridge had been closed to traffic after it was discovered that a pedestrian had "tied backpacks to bridge & they are hanging about 15ft below deck."
Oregon State Police have requested help from the WSP in determining what is in those backpacks.
The WSP says there is no estimated time for the bridge's re-opening so "expect delays."