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Suspicious Package Investigation at Polling Place

by Katie Pyzyk — March 6, 2012 at 10:54 am 2,336 12 Comments

(Updated at 12:00 p.m.) The Arlington County bomb squad was called to a polling place this morning after a suspicious package was reported.

Shortly before 9:00 a.m. a suspicious envelope was found at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Cherrydale, which is a polling place for today’s presidential primary election. Police and fire units were on the scene, in addition to the bomb squad. The scene was cleared around 10:30 a.m.

Contrary to our earlier reporting, the polling place was not closed during the brief investigation, according to Arlington County Registrar Linda Lindberg.

While the bomb squad was on the scene of the suspicious envelope investigation, a second suspicious package incident was reported near Washington Blvd and S. 2nd St. At that scene, VDOT workers came across a pipe wrapped in some sort of packaging, lying in the bushes. All eastbound (southbound) lanes of Washington Boulevard were closed at Second Street as a result of the investigation. See our subsequent article for updated information.

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  • ArlForester

    So much for no incidents……

  • yo yo ma

    never a dull day

  • Aar

    The Wash Blvd one is right at a Fort Meyer gate

    • CrystalMikey

      Lovely.

  • Stitch_Jones

    Looks like the more “tolerant” Arlingtonians are back at work.

    • http://www.11points.com/Books/11_Things_The_Bible_Bans,_But_You_Do_Anyway Flying Spaghetti Monster

      cuz people from other counties can’t drive over county lines…

  • Arlington, Northside

    Some plumber is in trouble with their boss this week for leaving material behind at a job last week…..

  • Arlington, Northside

    Any update to what the “suspicious envelope” turned out ot be?

  • ArlingtonAaron

    Election officials seem to disagree with the story:

    Arlington Elections ‏ @ArlingtonVotes
    False: Cherrydale polling place did NOT close for two hours today. ACP bomb squad made brief appearance, no disruption to voting.

    • Dan

      Given the number of people voting, how could they tell ??

  • ArlingtonAmanda

    Any word on what the pipe by Wash. Blvd. turned out to be?

    • Dan

      “Any word on what the pipe by Wash. Blvd. turned out to be?”

      A pipe !!

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