Suspicious Packages Disrupt Downtown DC

Foggy Bottom Metro Station closed

By Matthew Stabley
|  Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009  |  Updated 4:54 PM EDT
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Suspicious Packages Disrupt Downtown DC

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WASHINGTON -- A couple of suspicious packages caused closures in downtown D.C. Tuesday.

A suspicious package -- reportedly a suitcase -- near Fulbright Hall at George Washington University and the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro Station prompted street closures and the closure of the station at 2:30 p.m. The situation was cleared and the station reopened just after 3:30 p.m.

Blue and Orange line trains passed through the station during the closure but didn't stop to drop off passengers. Free shuttle bus service was established between the Rosslyn and Farragut West stations, but the street closures made it difficult for the buses to get to the station. Metro advised Blue and Orange line riders heading to New Carrollton and Largo Town Center to use the Farragut West Station.

Street closures included 23rd between G and I and I between 21st and 23rd. Access to Washington Circle also was blocked.

Earlier Tuesday, police closed Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth Street and Constitution Avenue to investigate the report of a suspicious container left inside a drop box at a Wachovia branch. The D.C. Fire Department sent a hazmat team to the scene and Homeland Security was notified.

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