Union Station Temporarily Evacuated

Posted January 8, 2010 at 2:43pm

Union Station was briefly evacuated Friday afternoon because of a false alarm caused by a system malfunction.

People in the station at the time said the alarm went off around 2:50 p.m. and they were herded out the door with little explanation. The situation was quickly resolved, however, and by 2:55 p.m., the station was back to normal.

“Before we could even get everyone out, the fire department had diagnosed where it was coming from,— station head of security Darryl Collins said. “It was a false alarm.—

A station spokeswoman said the problem was caused by a “system malfunction,— but she did not elaborate.

Mahmoud Faizy, who tends bar inside the station, said he’s used to being disrupted mid-pour.

“Sometimes it happens. Little kids pull the alarm or something,— he said. “They tell us to get out, we get out.—