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Authorities investigate after weekend reports of cars blocking Ravenel Bridge

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The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is seen Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Authorities from Charleston and Mount Pleasant received several emergency calls around 4 p.m. reporting that the bridge was shutdown by cars "doing vehicle burnouts and driving recklessly," an inspector said. File/Andrew J. Whitaker/Staff

Police in Mount Pleasant and Charleston say they are investigating after a group of vehicles blocked traffic Aug. 13 on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

Both police departments received several emergency calls around 4 p.m. reporting the shutdown by cars "doing vehicle burnouts and driving recklessly," according to Mount Pleasant police inspector Don Calabrese. 

A video posted to social media shows at least a dozen cars stopped on the bridge. Smoke billows from tires as motorists rev their engines. Others are seen capturing the shutdown on their phones.

Mount Pleasant police issued two citations and one warning for speeding, Calabrese said, but "are continuing to investigate if those violations were a part on the incident."

No one was injured, he said.

Police are collecting footage posted to social media, as well as from traffic cameras and nearby surveillance systems to see what, if any, laws were broken, and if they can identify any vehicles involved. 

The Police Department is asking anyone with information about the shutdown to contact Sgt. Eric Postell at 843-884-4176 or

Reach Ali Rockett at 843-901-1708. Follow her on Twitter @AliRockettPC.