Portion of E. Mercury Boulevard briefly closed after device found

Photo courtesy: Hampton Police Division

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police have confirmed the device found on E. Mercury Boulevard Thursday morning was determined to be an inert military training aid.

Police said a Public Works employee found the device on E. Mercury Boulevard under the bridge that leads to the entrance of Fort Monroe, around 9:30 a.m.

The Newport News Bomb squad, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Coast Guard worked together to investigate the suspicious device. It was later determined the device was used in a military training exercise and it was turned over to the United States Navy.

The road was briefly closed between Willard Avenue and Ft. Monroe during the investigation. It reopened around noon.

There were no reported injuries.

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