October 18, 2005

Two Baltimore tunnels closed in security threat

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Two major Baltimore tunnels -- the
Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and the Fort McHenry Tunnel -- were
closed on Tuesday as a "security precaution," disrupting
traffic on one of the major highways serving the U.S. East
Coast, authorities said.

A U.S. government official who declined to be identified
said the two tunnels were closed due to an uncorroborated
threat, and a detective with the Maryland Transportation
Authority Police said the closing were due to "an unspecified
terror threat."

The Harbor Tunnel, which carries traffic along Interstate
95, was completely closed, while one lane of the Fort McHenry
Tunnel was closed in each direction, said the Maryland
Transportation Authority Police.

The tunnels were closed at 11:20 a.m., police said.

"It's just a security precaution," a police officer said.
He would not provide any specifics on what prompted the