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18th and M St, NW – Hazmat Situation Update 6:05pm “situation has been resolved”

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Update from MPD at 6:05pm:

“​The situation has been resolved and the area is re-opening. Please be aware that there are still traffic back-ups in the area. Thank you for your patience.”

The Baseband sends an aerial view of the scene (above) at 5:20pm.

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Gina Chirillo ‏updates us at 5:15pm:

“Two firefighters emerge with the two red toolboxes they went in with. Everything still at standstill.”

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ElyseShaw update at 5:15 too:

“Firefighters just came out of the post office but no package @PoPville”

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ElyseShaw ‏sends us an updated photo of the scene at 5pm. Also Decibels & Decimals reports:

“firefighters on the street giving thumbs up – waiting on action. #dupontcircle #suspiciouspackage”

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Update from @jenn_clark at 4:45pm:

“Setting up a staging area?”

Another shot of the scene sent to us by Decibels & Decimals:

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@ryanoferguson tweets us:

“Overhearing officers saying 6 people who have been “exposed” are being contained #dupont @PoPville “Suspicious package that is off gassing that has made several people sick” – officer on scene. Hazmat situation. 1800 M.”

‏@ginachirillo tweets us:

“Looks like a hazmat situation on M St. NW between 18 and 19. Firefighters surrounding USPS mail slot. @PoPville”

@jenn_clark also tweets us a shot of the scene:

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MPD writes:

“There is police activity in the 18th and M Street NW area. Please avoid the area as all streets are closed at this time. We will keep everyone updated.”

@DCPoliceTraffic tweets:

“Suspicious Pkg. 1800 M St NW
Closures are:
SB 1100-1200 b/o 19th St NW – No vehicular
WB 1800 b/o M St NW – No pedestrian
MPD on scene”

Updates when more is known.

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