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BREAKING NEWS — Suspicious Package in Crystal City

by ARLnow.com — November 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm 4,420 18 Comments

Update at 5:45 p.m. — Firefighters have determined the object is not explosive nor a hazardous material, police tell ARLnow.com. The incident is “winding down” as authorities complete their investigation.

Earlier: The block around the SAIC building at 200 12th Street S. in Crystal City has been shut down as police and firefighters investigate a suspicious package in the building.

The Arlington County bomb squad, hazmat team and traffic control officers are on the scene, on the northern end of Crystal City. Pentagon Police have restricted pedestrian access on 12th Street east of Route 1.

The building, which has been evacuated, contains a number of military-related offices. Initial reports suggest that a bomb-sniffing dog had a positive hit on a suspicious object inside the building.

No word yet on the type of object, but Arlington Police say it was mailed to the office.

Homeland security detectives from the Arlington County Police Department and agents from the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service agency are on the scene.

  • Toot

    I’m going to go way out on a limb and say it’s going to turn out to be nothing. Crazy, I know.

    • Toot

      I’m sticking to my prediction even though I now see the dog has a positive hit on the package.

      • Toot

        I’d like to take this opportunity to pat myself on the back. Thank you.

  • Js

    I’m on 200 12th Street S, 8th floor and there’s been no notice that we have to leave

  • LB

    I’m across the street. I’m assuming it’s in the SAIC building? Better to be safe than sorry.

  • Js

    Actually I’m in 201, oops.

  • dallynd

    Wasn’t nothing last time. I agree … densely populated, awfully close to Arlington Cemetery so close to Veteran’s Day.

  • PCity

    I *should* have a really sweet view of all the police activity, but my view is blocked by the very building that’s being swept for suspicious packages right now.

    Damn you, line of sight! There appears to be a blockade at 15th and Crystal Drive, but that’s all I can see from here.

  • LB

    The trees block my view of the street, but I can see blinking lights through them from the corner of 12th and OJD all the way up to the corner of Crystal and 15th. Cop cars, Fire and EMT, police tape, dogs, and they’re not letting cars or pedestrians through…haven’t heard a detonation yet…

  • PCity

    Just saw another ambulance enter the scene at 15th and Crystal Drive. Hum…

  • LB

    Not explosive, not hazardous. Somewhere Toot is saying “I told you so.”

  • CopWatcher

    I guess it’s time to put Fido down?

    • Chris

      Pretty harsh for a false positive.

    • http://www.exactcom.com.au/proofs/KombiPics/Wrecks/bayBushOvergrown.jpg Overgrown Bush

      Fido may not even be wrong. It is possible a totally innocent inert package was mailed to the offices by someone who had just been out hunting and had some gunshot residue on their hands. Or, maybe they work with explosives for a living and transfered a very small amount of powder to a wrapper. Fido’s nose likely didn’t lie. There just wasn’t anything found. We don’t know where the package came from. If it came from a military installation somewhere it would not surpise me to have a trace amount of something on it that Fido might sniff out.

      • Josh S

        Well said.

    • Kitty Cat

      Excellent idea…

  • Josh S

    I would like to say, though, that the play by play on this was sorely lacking. Pick up your game, Crystal City folks! The Rosslyn crowd ate your lunch when the crane operator fell ill a couple weeks back…..

    • LB

      In our defense, My apartment building across the street and the condos attached to the SAIC building are really the only two buildings that could see the incident taking place (aside from the Boeing building, but I noticed they were all too busy looking out the windows to be on the computer). Not only that, but it was around 4pm, when most people are still at work, and the street was blocked off, so most people couldn’t even get home until after it was over. Rosslyn is also home to a lot more people than Crystal City.

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