DPS: Suspicious item closes northbound I-17 at New River

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An ADOT worker found this suspicious item by the freeway Monday. (Source: Arizona Dept. of Public Safety) An ADOT worker found this suspicious item by the freeway Monday. (Source: Arizona Dept. of Public Safety)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
NEW RIVER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A suspicious package has shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 17 Monday morning at New River, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. 

DPS officials say that an ADOT worker found the package on milepost 232 just before 8 a.m. The northbound lanes of the freeway were closed as the item was isolated and investigators planned the next step. 

Officials with the Explosive Ordinance Unit were called to the scene to investigate the item. They believed it could possibly be a pipe bomb.

As it turns out, the item was an empty PVC pipe and the scene was quickly cleared around 10 a.m. The freeway was re-opened and traffic quickly got back to normal.

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