WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 — A suspicious package resulted in closure of the Pentagon station entrance of the Metro rapid-transit system for more than an hour this morning while security officers investigated the threat, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Security officers closed the station at 7:28 a.m. when a suspicious object was reported in a trash can on the station platform.
Pedestrian traffic was redirected to the Pentagon’s Corridor 3 entrance.
Officers from the Pentagon police department’s explosive ordnance disposal unit and the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives response division investigated the report, and K‑9 officers and dogs swept the station for other hazards.
The suspicious object was identified as a battery-operated Christmas ornament.
The Metro entrance reopened at 8:44, the spokesman said.
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