Suspicious package closes highway near Andrews AFB

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Posted: Mar 29, 2011 1:47 PM
Suspicious package closes highway near Andrews AFB

Authorities say a suspicious package near Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland was built to look like a bomb but it appears to be a hoax.

Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady says bomb technicians used a remote detonator to disable the device Tuesday morning. He says there's no indication it contained any actual explosives.

A road crew discovered the device on the side of Maryland Route 5 in Clinton. More than two miles of the highway was closed for nearly three hours.

Part of the closed stretch borders Andrews Air Force Base, which is home to the fleet of aircraft for the president and other high-ranking government officials.