SAN FRANCISCO - A suspicious device forced authorities to temporarily shut the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, causing traffic to snarl on both sides of the bridge.
California Highway Patrol Officer Sam Morgan said authorities were notified around 1 p.m. about the device on Treasure Island, midway across the span.
He said officials decided to shut down the bridge an hour later. They reopened westbound, then eastbound lanes shortly after 3 p.m. when police neutralized the threat.
The closure caused a ripple effect on roadways. Traffic is typically heavy on Fridays, but it was expected to be exacerbated by several stadium events in the region. Thousands of drivers were anticipated to hit the road to attend the Giants' and Oakland A's home games and Jay Z and Justin Timberlake concert at Candlestick Park.