October 18, 2005

Baltimore Harbor Tunnel closed in security threat

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel, which
carries traffic on the main East Coast highway, was closed on
Tuesday as a "security precaution," authorities said.

The 1.4 mile, four-lane tunnel was closed down shortly
before noon, said an officer at the Maryland Transportation
Authority Police Command Center.

"It's just a security precaution," the officer said. He
would not provide any more specifics on what prompted the
closing, which caused long lines of traffic.

CNN said the tunnel, along a major traffic thoroughfare in
the U.S. Northeast, was closed in both directions due to an
unspecified threat and traffic was being rerouted.