USA — Suspicious Package Temporarily Closes Pentagon Metro

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.

Source:
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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