'Suspicious Device' Shuts Down 101 In Both Directions [UPDATED]
Bad news drivers, the 101 has been shut down in both directions because of a "suspicious device" found on the shoulder of the highway, California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs tells City News Service.
The shutdown is beteween Mulholland Drive/Valley Circle Boulevard and Shoup Avenue in the Woodland Hills area.
Caltrans officials were landscaping along the freeway at about 9 a.m. when they discovered a capped pipe, ABC 7 reports. The object was deemed suspicious, and police and bomb squad authorities were called to the scene.
Fox 11 is reporting that traffic is, understandably, backed up for miles.
UPDATE, 11:19 A.M. CBS reports that all lanes have now been reopened. Carry on, L.A.
UPDATE, 11:09 A.M. CBS and the L.A. Times are reporting that the eastbound lanes have been reopened. Westbound lanes remain closed.
According to CBS, the device was detonated at 10:45 a.m.
UPDATE: EB 101 Freeway reopened in Woodland Hills. WB lanes closed until further notice.— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) August 22, 2013