Suspicious package left on Tempe Town Lake pedestrian bridge

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police on Tuesday investigated the discovery of a suspicious bag on the pedestrian bridge that crosses Tempe Town Lake.

Details were not immediately available Tuesday morning, but the Tempe Police Department tweeted at about 8 a.m. that officers were on the scene. Less than 40 minutes later, they tweeted again to give the all clear.

The bridge was closed as a precaution to give investigators time to determine what was in the package. It has since reopened.

Bruce Haffner flew the Penguin Air Newschopper over the bridge to give viewers a look at the package, possibly a bag or backpack, that was the source of concern.

While police did not say what was in the package, the determined that there was no imminent danger and no cause for alarm.

The $5 million pedestrian bridge is built over the dam, spanning the lake from the south bank at Tempe Center for the Arts to the north shore. It not only serves as shade for the dam's rubber bladders, but also houses a sprinkler system to cool them.

The pedestrian bridge, which is 12 feet wide and 34 feet tall,  opened in October 2011, more than a year after one of the bladders burst.