Suspicious object on Portland bridge: Fare box

PORTLAND, Ore. — Police say the suspicious object that led to shutting down Portland’s Steel Bridge during rush hour turned out to be a fare box that fell out of a TriMet transit agency maintenance vehicle.

KATU-TV reports police got a 911 call Tuesday that said a bicyclist left a toolbox on the bridge and quickly left.

The bridge over the Willamette River carries light rail, bus and vehicular traffic. The report came in about 4:20. Police reopened the bridge about 6 p.m.

Police say the bicyclist found the fare box on the bridge and got it out of the way, setting it on a railing.

Police said the caller was justified in making the report, and they are prepared for more such reports in the jittery aftermath of the Boston explosions.

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