Washington's National Zoo reports 'boom', no animals or people hurt

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Posted: Mar 17, 2016 11:37 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A "boom" at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Thursday led to closure of an exhibit called the American Trail while the fire department investigated, a spokeswoman said. No animals, visitors or staff were harmed.

"We do not know that there was an explosion," said Jen Zoon, a spokeswoman for the zoo.

Zoon said there had been a "chlorine incident" involving a boom but no fire or smoke.

(Reporting by Megan Cassella; Editing by Toni Reinhold)