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Shutting down Mackinac Bridge was right choice

Although no one was the least bit happy with it at the time it happened, the Michigan State Police and other authorities were absolutely correct in shutting down the Mackinac Bridge Sunday due to a bomb threat.

Not a great deal is known about the incident itself, as police are still investigating. What is known, however, is relatively simple and straightforward: The Mackinac Bridge was shut down for about three hours Sunday afternoon due to a reported bomb threat.

Michigan State Police confirmed the threat shortly after the closure. The Mackinac Bridge Authority closed the bridge at approximately 2:15 p.m. and temporarily pulled the bridge’s live web cams off its website.

The bridge authority posted on social media that nothing had been found after an extensive search was conducted by local law enforcement. The bridge was reopened at 5:10 p.m.

A whole lot of people were inconvenienced as a result but no one was hurt or worse.

Such are the times in which we live. If it isn’t terrorists from overseas, it’s the homegrown variety, who are at least as dangerous as the foreign ones and they’re already here.

These kinds of issues leave MSP and the other decision makers involved with few good choices. They will always err on the side of caution, in the interest of public safety — and they are correct in doing so.

— The Mining Journal, Marquette

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