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Posted at 6:15 AM ET, 07/30/2010

Const. Ave. reopens near White House

By Debbi Wilgoren

updated 6:15 a.m.
U.S. Park Police have reopened several blocks of Constitution Avenue and 17th Street NW around the White House after bomb squad technicians examined a van parked in the area and determined that it posed no threat.

Park Police officers identified the van as "suspicious" sometime around 5 a.m., said Sgt. David Schlosser, a police spokesman. Constitution Avenue was closed between 15th and 18th streets NW; 17th Street was closed from Independence Avenue to C Street.

The streets were reopened shortly after 6 a..m.

"It is between the White House and the Washington Monument,"
Schlosser said, explaining why police treated the situation with extreme caution.

By Debbi Wilgoren  | July 30, 2010; 6:15 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Traffic and Transportation  
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