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Pentagon investigation closes roads


11:10 a.m. Update: Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday, hitting the building and causing minor damage, defense officials said.

Police who protect the massive Defense Department headquarters temporarily locked down some road and pedestrian entrances to the building after a civilian reported he may have heard shots at about 5 a.m. on the south side of the facility.

A sweep of the area and facility found that some shots had hit the building, Marine Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman said. He didn't know how many or from what kind of weapon.

-- Associated Press

We'll keep you posted on any road closures as they develop

10 a.m. Update: 395 is now open in both directions.

9:50 a.m. Update: ABC 7s is reporting that Pentagon police are canvassing the area with K9 units. The Pentagon was locked down this morning after reports of shots being fired.

9:35 a.m. Update: Northbound traffic is now being diverted at Washington Blvd.

9:30 a.m. Update: Traffic cameras now show that that the road has reopened. We're checking on the details about why the closure was necessary.

Original post: Southbound traffic on Interstate 395 is being diverted to U.S. 1 toward Crystal City at Exit 8C. Traffic cameras show police blocking the roadway.

By Michael Bolden  | October 19, 2010; 9:19 AM ET
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WHY was traffic diverted?? I appreciate learning a new way to work this morning and all, but I'd like to know why I'm 30 minutes late.

Posted by: venus31 | October 19, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Demanding, aren't we?

Posted by: getjiggly1 | October 19, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

They have people out with dogs checking the blocked roadway, and about 6 police cars have headed southbound in the northbound lanes. Additionally, a coworker tells me there are cops at every intersection coming up 12th St in the District. Would be interesting to know what the deal is.

Posted by: debgrosner | October 19, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

And now they have the northbound HOV lanes closed -- nowhere to divert that traffic to!

My office is in Arlington at Hayes Street & 395, so we've got a birds-eye view.

Posted by: debgrosner | October 19, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Hov lanes are a parking lot with no where to go! All of this because of an incident at 5 am? Something not adding up

Posted by: mikeanthonyshaw | October 19, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

got delayed in this mess this morning. Managed to squeak by in the hov lanes before they closed the whole thing down. If the shots were fired at 5am, why do you need to close the road 3.5 hrs later? Also, how many police officers does it take to stand around and observe?

Posted by: thenoggin | October 19, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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