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Branch of busy river closed by unexploded ordnance

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for the port of Hampton Roads, Va., closed down all river traffic on portions of the southern branch of the Elizabeth River after receiving a report of unexploded ordnance being discovered in the area last Friday.

Contractors working on the Gilmerton Bridge uncovered what is reported to be old, unexploded naval ordnance.
As a precautionary measure, the Captain of the Port closed the waterway to all maritime traffic from Money Point to the I-64 High Rise Bridge, while a Navy explosive ordnance disposal unit inspects the objects.

Traffic was re-opened about six hours later.

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