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Posted at 7:18 PM ET, 08/11/2010

Package causes road closures in D.C.

By Erica Johnston

Update, 7:15 p.m.:

The "suspicious package" that led to some street closures in downtown D.C. Wednesday evening has been cleared.

Traffic returned to normal around 7 p.m. when no hazardous material was found inside the package under investigation, said Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the D.C. police department.

The package was a gray cardboard box outside of a building on 14th and G streets, near the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Carew said. The scene was cleared at 6:48 p.m.


Earlier:

Rush-hour traffic in Northwest Washington has been disrupted after a suspicious package was found near the U.S. Department of the Treasury Wednesday afternoon.

Department of Defense officials are investigating a box located outside on 14th and G streets, about a block away from the treasury, said Hugh Carew, a spokesman for the D.C. police department. Police officials were alerted to the scene after receiving a call around 4:40 p.m., he said.

The intersections of 14th and G streets, 13th and G streets, 15th and G streets, 14th and F streets, and 14th Street and New York Avenue, all in Northwest, have been blocked off, Carew said.

-- Stephanie Lee

By Erica Johnston  | August 11, 2010; 7:18 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC  
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Comments

So terrorists can damn near shut down major arteries in our major cities with a cardboard box and a cell phone?????????

Our paranoia is their most potent weapon.

Posted by: WoodbridgeVa1 | August 11, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

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