Brownsville police are trying to determine who left an IED or Improvised Explosive Device on the southbound lane of U.S. Expressway 77/83 Sunday afternoon.

A concerned citizen found the device around 4:54 p.m., police spokesman Eddie Garcia said.

Authorities shut down the expressway’s southbound lane from FM 1732 to Alton Gloor Boulevard for about three hours, while the police department’s bomb squad checked out the device, Garcia said.

At about 6:45 p.m. the bomb squad “rendered the device safe,” Garcia said. The southbound lane of the expressway reopened at 8 p.m.

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