Police in Newport City have arrested three people in connection with a pipe bomb threat that shut down Route 5 for several hours over the weekend.
Police say a witness saw three men leave a house with the explosive device. Police stopped the men a short time later Saturday night. Route 5 was closed until the state police bomb squad said it was safe reopen the road at about 10:30.
Cody Macfarlane, Nathaniel Chaffee and Jonathan Glover, all of Newport, were taken into custody for possession of a destructive device.
They remained jailed Sunday.