Obama dummy found hanging from I-70 bridge disrupts KC traffic

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GRAIN VALLEY, MO (WDAF) — Crews are investigating after a dummy bearing a President Obama face mask was found hanging from the Lefholz Bridge over I-70 near Grain Valley, Mo. The bridge is located between Oak Grove and Grain Valley.

Police received the report around 5:30 a.m. Monday.

FOX 4 in Kansas City reports that  crews, using a robot, removed the dummy and took it into a nearby field where it was x-rayed for possible explosives.

“The item that we had, we thought possibly could have been explosive, so we went ahead and shut down I-70 is both directions to ensure that if it was explosive there was nothing that was going to cause a hazard to any passersby, and once we removed that from the scene we opened up I-70 almost immediately,” Sgt. Ronda Montgomery said.

Authorities are now working to determine if the dummy was a legitimate threat against the president.

By Sarah J. Clark and Kerri Stowell

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