Smoke, Noise After Cover Touches Third Rail at Smithsonian Metro Station

No injuries were reported

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    Commuters at the Smithsonian Metro station were startled by loud noise and smoke Thursday afternoon.

    A Metro spokesperson told News4 the incident was caused by a cover to the third rail coming loose and making contact with the rail itself.

    Some witnesses said the station filled up with smoke and caused a bit of panic. Metro said the situation is under control and maintenance crews are on the scene to make repairs.

    Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says it happened around 2:42 p.m. It wasn't clear why the cover came into contact with the rail.

    No one was injured.

    The station is open, although the incident caused some delays. Trains briefly single-tracked through the station.

    Metro said at 3:50 p.m. that single-tracking had ended, but residual delays remained.