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Strange fire closes Interstate 90 ramp in Austin

Firefighters couldn't extinguish the small blaze.

Posted: Sep. 18, 2018 5:00 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A mysterious smoldering bag has closed an interstate interchange.

The Austin Fire Department was called to Interstate 90 at 14th Street around 9:45 am Tuesday on a report of something burning in a ditch and giving off a foul odor. Firefighters were unable to put out the item that was on fire with any water or dry chemical extinguisher.

Firefighters were able to empty out the container and found gray powder inside a cloth bag about the size of a football.

Eastbound I-90 from 14th Street NW has been closed as authorities wait for a Civil Support Team to analyze the powder.

Austin police, the Minnesota State Patrol, MnDOT, and a state chemical assessment team have been on the scene.

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