Streets near White House reopen; package cleared

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Posted: Oct 29, 2010 8:46 AM
Streets near White House reopen; package cleared

Authorities in Washington say a suspicious package that prompted the closure of streets near the White House is not hazardous.

D.C. police spokeswoman Tisha Gant says the package did not contain any hazardous material and area streets were reopened to pedestrians and traffic around 7:55 a.m. Friday.

Gant says the package was found near the McPherson Square Metro station and that area streets were shut down about 6:30 a.m. for the investigation.

A spokeswoman for Metro says one entrance of the station had been closed temporarily.

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Authorities say they're investigating a suspicious package near a Metro station near the White House in northwest Washington and have closed area streets.

D.C. police spokeswoman Tisha Gant says streets around the McPherson Square Metro station were closed to pedestrians and traffic around 6:30 a.m. Friday for the investigation.

A spokeswoman for Metro says one entrance of the station was temporarily closed.