The device was detonated at the bridge about 3:55 p.m., police said. Engineers then inspected the 14th Street Bridge and determined that it was safe, a DOT spokeswoman said.
The roads were open well before 5 p.m., but the traffic backups took time to clear. Late Monday, Atlanta police said the device wasn’t explosive, but didn’t say what it thought it had blown up or why it was believed to be safe to blow it up. That remained a mystery until about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, when Georgia State University issued the statement to Channel 2 Action News.
“Georgia State Police, are closely cooperating with the Atlanta Police Department in the removal of all of the cameras,” the university said in its statement.
— Atlanta Journal Constitution Staff writer Alexis Stevens contributed to this report. Photos via WSB-TV