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"Unfounded anthrax threat" responsible for Bloomington road closure

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: The Bloomington Fire Department said an unfounded anthrax threat was responsible for Wednesday morning's road closure on Empire near Central Illinois Regional Airport. 

Police responded to E. Empire and CIRA Drive around 6:47 a.m. for a motorist assist. The driver at the scene said he or she may have been exposed to anthrax. The Bloomington Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team responded to the scene and determined the threat was unfounded and not credible.

The patient was transported to a local hospital for unrelated medical complaints. 

E. Empire was shut down in both directions near the airport until about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. The incident did not occur on airport property. 

The Bloomington Police Department said there was no threat to the general public. 


The Illinois State Police and Illinois Department of Transportation also assisted at the scene. 

UPDATE: 8:55 a.m.: Empire is now reopened in both directions. Emergency responders have cleared the scene.


UPDATE 8:30 a.m.: Bloomington Deputy Fire Chief Eric West said authorities were dealing with a potential hazmat situation on Empire. He said he is not aware of any injuries, and the situation should be rectified soon.

The Bloomington Police Department is assisting the fire department with a patient. 

Empire is currently blocked in both directions near the airport. 


The Bloomington Police Department is shutting down roads near Central Illinois Regional Airport as they respond to an unknown situation.

Police said they are responding to a situation in the area of Empire and Cira Drive. For safety reasons, police have established a perimeter and are rerouting all traffic. 

A shift commander at the Bloomington Police Department said the airport has not been evacuated at this time. 

This post will be updated. 

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