Mysterious white flags fly on Brooklyn Bridge

Courtesy ABC News

The mysterious appearance of two large white flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City this morning has the city scrambling to figure out why they were put there.

The New York City Police Department responded to the scene and was investigating the matter.

Officials were in the process of taking down the white flags late this morning.

"This has nothing to do with a film shoot," said Dean McCann, Executive Director of NYC's Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

The white flags are in the same place where American flags typically fly atop the bridge.

It was unclear why they were there and who put them there, authorities said.

The bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River, and has its base just a few blocks from City Hall and police headquarters in lower Manhattan.

The span is run by the city's Department of Transportation.

As of 10:30 a.m., the bridge was still open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the country's oldest suspension bridges, dating back to 1883, and is also a National Historic Landmark.


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