GALVESTON — The U.S. Coast Guard set up a roadside inspection for nine semi-trucks headed for the port of Galveston on Tuesday.

Because the unspecified cargo contained some explosives the Galveston Fire Marshal asked the Coast Guard to inspect the trucks’ containers before they crossed the Causeway onto the island.

Petty Officer Andrew Kendrick a Coast Guard spokesman said normally such inspections would have taken place at the port.

Kendrick said Galveston officials were concerned that so many containers would be crossing the island’s main link to the mainland at one time.

It was unclear what type of explosives or other cargo the other trucks were carrying.

Kendrick would confirm only the presence of the explosives and that they were due to be shipped from the Port of Galveston.

Traffic on the Interstate 45 feeder road was shut down for two hours Tuesday afternoon.

The trucks then were allowed to proceed under police escort to the port.


Photographer Chad Greene contributed to this report.

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