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New York Avenue Station Reopens After False Bomb Threat

UPDATE (11:09 a.m.): The woman who made the threat was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for mental health issues, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said.

"We do not anticipate an arrest," she said.

No additional information about the woman was available, Farbstein said.

UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): More details from Metro: The incident was began at 10:20 a.m. The New York Avenue and Union Station stations both closed for 14 minutes. It seems there was not an actual suspicious package, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, just a report of one. The train that temporarily held at New York Avenue was headed toward Shady Grove.

Trains were forced to turn back at Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue.

Metro Transit Police are investigating.

UPDATE (10:57 a.m.): Normal service returning to the Red Line at 10:53 a.m. after emergency responders determined that a Red Line train was safe, Metro spokeswoman Gates said.

"A customer exited a train at New York Avenue, walked up to the train operator and handed the operator a note saying there was a bomb on the train," Gates said.

With that, the operator took the train out of service and called for help. D.C. and Metro Transit Police responded. They determined there was nothing on the train. A customer has been arrested by police in connection with the threat, Gates said. The suspect's identity was not immediately known.

ORIGINAL (10:46 a.m.): A bomb threat has closed the New York Avenue station on the Red Line, Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said. No trains are servicing the station. Expect significant delays on the Red Line.

By James Hohmann  |  October 16, 2009; 10:46 AM ET
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