Bomb threat forces mass evacuation of DC Union Station during rush hour
Metro Transit Police have confirmed that "all entrances are reopening" and that "normal station operations are resuming" on their Twitter account. This follows nearly an hour of evacuation orders, with unconfirmed reports on the source of the emergency measures taken.
MTPD units at Union Station advise that normal station operations are resuming. All entrances reopening. AmtrakPD handing press. #wmata— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) July 27, 2016
Fire officials found nothing, WRC-TV reported.
Police had blocked off streets around Columbus Circle as people left the busy train station, which is one block away from the US Capitol.
"Our units have been told by law enforcement it was a good intent call and we are clearing the scene," DC Fire and EMS public information officer Vito Maggiolo told RT America before the all-clear was given.
Union Station evacuated in Washington DC. I've counted at least 21 police cars and more keep arriving. pic.twitter.com/M7W29UFpAa— Ryan Saylor (@TheRyanSaylor) July 27, 2016
"We got a bomb threat," an officer who did not give his name told Reuters, as he urged people to leave the station.
Police cars, a fire truck, ambulance and K-9 units were at the station. A bomb-sniffing dog was seen walking among people standing outside the train station.
People running out of Union Station, yelling about a bomb threat -- lots of police on the scene— Allie S. (@alliesmilo) July 27, 2016
MTPD K-9 units are assisting AmtrakPD w/investigation of package in Amtrak portion of station. Metro service operating unaffected. #wmata— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) July 27, 2016
DC ppl Union Stationwas just evacuated pic.twitter.com/VD71sU0NjG— Danny Akacki (@DAkacki) July 27, 2016
Amtrak staffer overheard saying "capital police and homeland security don't come here for a fire alarm. This is serious." #unionstation— Danny Akacki (@DAkacki) July 27, 2016
Maryland’s commuter rail, MARC, announced all traffic in and out of Washington’s Union Square was being held.
There were also rumors of an active shooter.