What is Going on with the Roebling Bridge Right Now?

The bridge was shut down for the fifth time this week on Wednesday to investigate another possible bomb threat.

click to enlarge The Roebling Suspension Bridge - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
The Roebling Suspension Bridge
Our prettiest bridge is going through it right now.

In the early hours of Sept. 20, police on both sides of the Ohio River shut down access to the Roebling Suspension Bridge to assess a bomb threat called into local law enforcement.

The Roebling was cleared of any danger about an hour later, but this is the fifth time the bridge was reportedly shut down to investigate a possible threat in just a week.

On Sept. 13, a false bomb threat was called into 911, shutting down the bridge around 5:30 a.m. for about four hours while police investigated. Five days later, during a busy Sunday Bengals home game and Oktoberfest, another threat shut down the bridge. The following day, the Roebling was closed again so police could investigate a suspicious package, which police said just contained bedding. Then another bomb threat was called in the next day.

The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Louisville Office, according to a statement from the Covington Police Department.

This would make the second string of bomb threats that local law enforcement has had to hand over to the FBI.

The Kroger bomb threats

Kroger, which is headquartered in Cincinnati, received at least seven bomb threats at six stores around Cincinnati and northern Kentucky on June 10 and 11, prompting evacuations of customers and employees:
  • Oakley
  • Newport
  • Bellevue
  • Erlanger
  • Cold Spring
  • North College Hill
The threats were all determined to be false alarms. Kroger said it's working with the FBI to investigate similar threats at Kroger stores in other parts of the country, including an April threat at a Kroger in West Virginia.

The Kroger bomb threats followed a school year full of "swatting" incidents at schools across Cincinnati and the country, prompting frequent lockdowns and police response where threats were always found to be false.

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Madeline Fening is CityBeat’s investigative news reporter. Proudly born and raised in Middletown, she attended Bowling Green State University before moving to Austin, Texas where she dabbled in documentary filmmaking, digital news and bartending. Madeline then moved to Cincinnati to work for WCPO 9 News as an...
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