"Suspicious device" found next to Gulf Highway neutralized

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Authorities with Louisiana State Police dispatched their hazardous materials unit to Gulf Highway and East Lincoln in Lake Charles on Wednesday morning in response to a suspicious device found on the side of the road.

The suspicious device was found on the side of Gulf Highway near Lincoln Road south of the Lake Charles Regional Airport. The device, which was found near a natural gas pipeline, has been neutralized by the hazmat unit.

A perimeter remains in place as crews remain in the area looking for any possible secondary devices as well as any evidence.

Traffic was diverted for a while, but all roads have now been re-opened to traffic.

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