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