A 30-mile stretch of the southern portion New Jersey Turnpike is shut down in both directions as state police investigate a potential bomb threat.

New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen Jones said troopers took a 27-year-old man into custody following a car stop around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the southbound lanes of the turnpike near Exit 3 in Woodbury Heights.

Jones said state police stopped a Black Acura after receiving information that the driver might be armed and dangerous, and possibly carrying a bomb. Jones did not specify where the information originated.

Jones said a bomb squad was working to inspect the vehicle, and FBI agents were en route to question the man, who has not been charged.

Traffic is being diverted onto Interstate 295 between Exit 4 in Mount Laurel and Exit 1 at the southern terminus of the toll road near the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

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