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Posted at 9:10 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Capitol South reopened after scare

By Mark Berman & Associated Press
Mark Berman

Updated: 10:05 a.m.: Capitol South station has just reopened.

The suspicious package was cleared and there is no threat, FBI Washington Field Office spokeswoman Lindsay Godwin said.

Earlier: The Capitol South station is closed due to a suspicious package outside of the station. Trains are passing through the station without picking up or dropping off passengers. Shuttle bus service has been requested between Eastern Market and Federal Center.

Capitol Police are tightly controlling where people can walk outside the station, which is about two blocks from the Capitol building. Riders trying to leave the station were initially redirected to the Federal Center Southwest and Eastern Market stations. Other passengers were later allowed to leave by taking an elevator and exiting about a block from the entrance where the package was found.

One person is being interviewed by Capitol Police and the Capitol Police Hazardous Devices Unit is on scene continuing to investigate, a spokesperson said. There are several street closures in the surrounding area.

It wasn't clear whether additional precautions were being taken because of the shooting Saturday of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

By Mark Berman & Associated Press  | January 10, 2011; 9:10 AM ET
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