September 9, 2011

Bear Creek reopened; mysterious substance found on bike path was medical dye

10:45 a.m.: Bear Creek Drive has reopened to traffic after Merced fire officials determined a mysterious box of liquid posed no threat to the public. Battalion Chief Shawn Henry said the box contained boxes of dye commonly used for medical testing and X-ray procedures. The box was likely taken during a burglary of a nearby home owned by a distributor of the dye, Henry said. When the suspect saw the box only contained containers of liquid, he left it behind on the Bear Creek bike path.

Earlier: A stretch of East South Bear Creek Drive from Glen Avenue to McKee Road was shut down Friday morning as Merced Fire Department investigated a possible hazardous substance left on the bike path. Merced police were controlling traffic.

Battalion Chief Don Long said the fire department had a report about a box of containers with an unknown liquid. No spill had occurred, Long said.

Keep watching MercedSunStar.com for updates on this developing story.

-- Posted by Brandon Bowers

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