A fire coming from beneath the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was the cause of a massive traffic delay Sunday.
Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) Police say the fire sparked around 6 p.m. on the westbound span of the bridge.
Original reports revealed smoke billowing from the bridge.
When crews arrived on the scene, they confirmed reports of smoke and fire. The fire department responded and was able to extinguish the flames. Bridge inspectors worked to determine the structures safety for drivers to travel.
MdTA police say no vehicles were damaged and no one was injured.
After two hours of cars sitting in traffic, all lanes were reopened just before 8 p.m.
Police add that everyone who was on the bridge at the time of the fire made it off the bridge safely.
According to officials with the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, the fire started in an area of the bridge where workers had been painting.
While fire officials from Kent Island cannot say what caused the fire, they confirm that painting supplies and a hanging tarp were among the items on fire under the bridge.
MdTA police have not said what sparked the fire, but investigators have determined the bridge is safe enough for drivers.
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