Lights Blinking at Intersection After Fire in Walk Signal

by ARLnow.com June 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm 3,393 14 Comments

The traffic lights at the intersection of westbound Lee Highway and Lynn Street, in Rosslyn, are blinking due to an earlier fire.

A pedestrian walk signal at the intersection somehow caught on fire around 11:30 this morning. The fire was minor and eventually burned itself out, but not before passersby caught sight of smoke coming from the signal. As a result of the fire, power was temporarily cut to all traffic signals at the intersection.

As of 12:10 p.m., the lights were operating on battery power and blinking red. Police were on scene assisting with traffic control.

  • cyclist

    Nobody looks at the signals there anyway.

  • Rick

    Have you ever been so mad no one’s listening to you that smoke comes out of your ears? I didn’t know it could happen to machinery too

  • HaydiosMio

    I’m sick of the cyclist. look what they have done now. This light burned itself to death trying to warn cyclist to stop.. this should never have happened. what a tragedy.

    I request that all traffic signs go on blinky for 1min today at 5:00 sharp in honor of the fallen.

    • Mike Hunt

      It didn’t burn itself to death trying to warn cyclists to stop – it spontaneously combusted because one actually did. . .

      • NorthArlingTim

        It went into shock.

        This is hilarious.

  • WeiQiang

    Fact: AXE fumes ARE combustible.

    Just sayin

  • nom de guerre

    Perhaps an (unnamed) regular commenter on this site smelled a gas leak and failed to report it.

    • onjulic

      Perhaps an (unamed) regular commenter on this site was the cause of the gas leak — did they eat at Uncle Julio’s last night?

    • Rick

      If there’s natural gas running in pedestrian signals we have bigger problems than novasteve’s hunches.

  • Jim

    I nominate this for a Pulitzer local story of year, nothing else could top it.

    • Josh S


  • CW

    Just an FYI – they have restored this light for the cars, but there is no pedestrian crossing signal. It just stays red hand for the entirety of the cycle. So people crossing on the Custis trail need to be even more careful than usual.

  • Clarendoom

    It is a sign of the apocalypse. Next stop… Zombie outbreak!

  • ARLsometime


    That one branch that used to hang down low and block people’s passage on the sidewalk outside that one house? It’s been removed.

    That is all.


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