Interstate 70, east of Grand Junction has reopened after a suspicious object was found on the highway Tuesday (Sept. 2) morning, and the Grand Junction Police Department bomb squad was called out to investigate.

According to the Mesa County Joint Information Center, road crew workers with the Colorado Department of Transportation was picking up trash Tuesday morning around 11:30 am, when they noticed the questionable object under a bridge just east of DeBeque at about mile marker 62.8.

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The interstate was closed  in both directions as the Grand Junction Police Department bomb squad investigated, utilizing a robot and other equipment.

Once they determined it was safe, the item was opened. Turns out it was not an explosive device, but rather a piece of equipment likely used by workers in the energy industry.

The interstate was finally reopened in both directions at around 4:00 pm.