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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Detroit police say they received another fake threat of a bomb on the Ambassador Bridge, but this time authorities kept the busy international crossing open while they investigated the call.

Police said Thursday night that the call came about 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday.  A similar call Monday prompted the closing of the U.S.-Canada link for roughly five hours. The caller reportedly said a bomb would go off in 10 minutes along the busy freight crossing — but nothing was found.

This time, Sgt. Eren Stephens says, police let traffic continue. A statement from police says “preliminary intelligence” indicates that Wednesday’s caller “may have made hoax bomb threats in the past.”

Police say authorities “officially cleared” the bridge at 7 p.m.

The threat followed similar incidents in recent days on prominent Detroit landmarks.

On July 12, a telephoned bomb police in Windsor led to a four-hour closing of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. In this case, Canadian authorities were contacted by an anonymous caller from a pay phone in Windsor. Nearby freeways were also closed and the U.S. Coast Guard stopped boats and freighters from traveling near the tunnel. Officials reopened the tunnel after sweeps proved the threat a hoax.

Then, around 8 p.m. Tuesday, police say an anonymous caller issued a bomb threat on Comerica Park where the Tigers were hosting the Los Angeles Angels in front of 34,000 fans. No announcement was made, nor was there a call for an evacuation as police searched the ballpark for an explosive device. Police gave all-clear by 11 p.m. after a search turned up nothing.

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