Lake Shore Drive Reopens After Suspicious Package Checked

Updated 04/16/14 – 2:58 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police shut down Lake Shore Drive on the North Side for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon as they investigated a suspicious package.

The police Bomb and Arson Squad could be seen using bomb disposal robots and bomb-sniffing dogs to check out a package found along the shoulder of northbound Lake Shore Drive near Lawrence Avenue. Traffic was shut down in both directions as police investigated.

Police first received a call about the package shortly before noon, but didn’t find the package until about an hour later, and shut down Lake Shore Drive a short time after that.

Lake Shore Drive Reopens After Suspicious Package Checked

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Traffic was diverted off Lake Shore Drive onto side streets between Wilson and Foster avenues as crews determined what was in the package.

Southbound lanes reopened shortly before 2:20 p.m., and northbound lanes reopened shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The suspicious object, a police spokeswoman says, turned out to be a blue duffel bag that contained a sleeping bag.

Residents of the Uptown area, like Karen Santor, says bomb scares like this one are a sign of the times.

“I get it, but it’s sad. It’s a sad way to live – to have to worry about all this stuff,” said Santor.

There were a few piles of blankets and bags found near the overpass and underneath the overpass on Lawrence, more items that looked like they were the property of a homeless person.

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