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Posted at 2:45 PM ET, 04/ 9/2010

Reagan National Airport reopens

By Washington Post editors

UPDATE:
Reagan National Airport has reopened. Rob Yingling, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Authority, said the item that led officials to implement a temporary evacuation was examined and found not to be dangerous.

The evacuation was lifted about 2:30 p.m.

Yingling said he said he did not know what the item was.

"They did not find anything dangerous," he said. "The incident lasted approximately one hour and affected mainly the baggage area."

-- Michael E. Ruane


2:15 p.m.
Reagan National Airport evacuated


Reagan National Airport has been partially evacuated while officials investigate a "suspicious item" in the baggage claim area.

Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Authority, said the item was found in the baggage claim area of the airport's B/C Terminal.

"The airport is open and operating," Yingling said. He said the evacuation began about 1:30 p.m. He said he did not know specifically what the item was or exactly where it was in the baggage claim area.

-- Michael E. Ruane

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By Washington Post editors  | April 9, 2010; 2:45 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  Baggage claim, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport  
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