Suspicious package closes Soo Locks

SAULT STE. MARIE – A Michigan State Police Bomb Squad was headed to the Soo Locks this morning to help investigate the finding of a suspicious package.

Police were notified of the incident at about 8:25 a.m. today. Police confirmed a suspicious package had been discovered and that a state police bomb squad was en route to Chippewa County from downstate Gaylord.

U.S. Coast Guard officials at Sector Soo confirmed a “potential maritime security incident” had occurred in the vicinity of the locks. The Coast Guard responded by temporarily closing traffic on the St. Marys River and establishing a “limited access area” in the vicinity of the locks and the International Bridge.

The locks remained closed as of 9 a.m. Coast Guard officials were referring inquiries to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was unavailable for comment before press time.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is