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Both directions of I-70 reopened near the tunnel after report of explosives cause closure

CSP says incident was a “mental health issue” and no explosives were found
Posted at 2:12 PM, May 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-09 13:05:20-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — Both directions of Interstate 70 near the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels reopened Saturday evening after an hours-long shutdown caused by a report of a possible explosive device inside a car.

The suspect car was parked on the westbound side of the tunnel. Troopers received a 911 call around 1 p.m. Saturday that the car may contain an incendiary device.

Around 1:30 p.m., authorities shut down the westbound lanes at the Eisenhower Tunnel. Thirty minutes later, they shut down the eastbound lanes at Silverthorne.

Troopers gave the all clear around 5:20 p.m. and reopened the busy interstate.

CSP said they received at least two calls in connection to the parked vehicle before troopers responded.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis said the incident ended up being a misunderstanding and a "mental health issue."

The driver was found to have no explosives on his person or the car he was driving. He was evaluated by healthcare professionals at the scene and released, Lewis said.

The Jefferson County Bomb Squad was on scene to assist CSP.

Colorado State Patrol Troopers continue to investigate.