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Downed wires arcing in water in southeast Aurora force 6-mile closure of E-470

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Posted at 6:41 PM, Mar 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-31 12:17:46-04

AURORA, Colo. – A "suspicious device producing smoke" in a puddle turned out to be downed wires arcing in water underneath a bridge in southeast Aurora, the local police department said Saturday night.

Initial reports from police about what they said was a suspicious device forced the closure of E-470 from Smoky Hill Rd. to E. Jewell Ave. — a 6-mile stretch of road. Gun Club Rd, which runs parallel of E-470, was also closed from Belleview Ave. to E. Hampden Rd. starting at about 5:30 p.m. as a precaution.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office also got involved, sending a bomb squad to investigate a "potentially explosive device" near E-470 and Quincy.

At about 7:19 p.m., Aurora police tweeted the situation had to do with "electrical wires arcing in some water."

E-470 and Gun Club Rd. were back open several minutes after the announcement was made but E. Quincy was expected to be closed until about 8:30 p.m.