Suspicious Car Prompts Union Station Closures

Posted April 3, 2003 at 9:43am

Parts of Union Station and the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building were evacuated briefly this morning after a suspicious vehicle was reported outside of the station.

A search of the vehicle turned up nothing, and the buildings and walkways around the car were reopened at 9:30 a.m., according to Capitol Police.

The incident began after Amtrak Police responded with the K-9 unit to a call about a suspicious Toyota Camry.

The dog indicated that the trunk might contain hazardous material, and the Capitol Police hazardous device unit was called. Authorities located the owner of the vehicle, who consented to a search, which turned up nothing.

The west portion of the Thurgood Building and the eastern half of Union Station were evacuated in response to the call.