SANDY POINT — Motorists driving toward or over the westbound span of the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge were turned around Sunday evening, Sept. 29, after police received reports of smoke coming from underneath the bridge, police said.

First Sgt. Jonathan Green, the public information officer for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said police started getting reports of smoke coming from underneath the westbound span of the Bay Bridge in the area of the main span around 6 p.m. Sunday.

Police and fire departments responded, extinguishing the fire in minutes, Green said.

Motorists were turned around as the lanes on the westbound span were closed. The lanes reopened at 7:55 p.m.

Green said the Maryland Transportation Authority brought inspectors to the bridge to check its safety, and he was told around 7:45 p.m. that the construction engineer “indicated that there is not a safety issue.”

There were no vehicles damaged and no injuries, he said.

Though the cause of the smoke and fire were not known as of 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Green said the smoke came from the same area where there is ongoing construction.

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