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Heads Up Eckington

Thanks to Rachel for sending the warning: “Sending you pictures of a massive hornet’s nest hanging above the sidewalk on 3rd St NE in Eckington (on the block between V and U). Super dangerous and our calls to DC’s 311 don’t seem to have helped. Spreading the word for good measure!”

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Photo by Colin Etnire

Colin was first to report just after 6:30pm:

“there was this loud explosion on eckington and florida followed by this plume of ominous smoke…anyone know what’s up? DCFD was already on the scene when it happened.”

AK writes: “Not great lighting but more of the fire next to the Sirius XM building. I called 911 about 20 minutes ago [7:14pm] when I heard/saw a manhole explosion that caused a surge that killed my computer/tv/lights. It’s gotten bigger since then.”

Brianna reported: “Man hole exploded just north of the Wendy’s at NY and Florida Ave. Florida Ave is blocked off with a huge fire response. Several manhole covers flew very high up and came crashing down on several vehicles (one severely damaged vehicle to the far right of the photo). Active fire pictured to the far left next to the tree”

From DCFD:

“Update manhole Fire 1500 block Eckington Pl. NE. #DCsBravest are conducting a precautionary evacuation of the building housing Sirius XM studios, directly adjacent to burning manhole. @PepcoConnect advises they have cut power to the affected feeder & fire seems to be subsiding.” Read More

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This is just an absolutely terrifying report from some readers in Eckington: “11:02 pm was time of gunfire…

Bullet holes through about seven cars on the unit block of Seaton Place, NE. Bullets also hit the house across North Capitol on the NW side and bullets went through the door into their house. If you zoom on the house pic you’ll see two bullet holes above the door. Note that was ACROSS North Cap. Terrifying it went all the way across and through their house!”

More photos of bullet holes/damage: Read More

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A reader reports: “a drive by shooting at 11 this morning on the 300 block of Todd Pl NE. Street blocked off and tons of police.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a vehicle of interest in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in the 300 block of Todd Place, Northeast.

At approximately 10:59 am, a suspect fired shots at the victim, from a vehicle, then fled the scene. The victim was treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening injury.

A vehicle of interest was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below. The vehicle is described as a silver 4-door sedan with heavy damage to the front passenger side fender.”

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Thanks to Stacie and Josh for sharing: “Hey, hey! We opened DC’s newest park today! Alethia Tanner Park (227 Harry Thomas Way, NE), named by popular community suggestion and vote, freed herself from slavery in 1810 by selling produce in Lafayette Park. She went on to free family members and friends, and help found churches and educational institutions in DC.
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RIP Mr Rat


Photo by Morgan Martinez

Thanks to Morgan for sending: “Not sure if Mr. Rat in Eckington was a pet or just a wild friend. But, glad he got a proper burial on 3rd ST NE.”

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From MPD:

“On April 27, 2020, members of the Fifth District Crime Suppression Team were proactively patrolling the Eckington and Edgewood neighborhoods in relation to a number of recent offenses in the area. Members observed an SUV that was taken in an Armed Carjacking on April 25, 2020. As Officers approached the vehicle numerous subjects fled. In a combined effort patrol officers and Crime Suppression Officers were able to stop and identify the seven occupants of the SUV and recover a semi-automatic handgun, as well as the stolen SUV. Read More

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A reader reported around 2:20pm Sunday: “Just heard 5 shots in Eckington near summit place NE and Rhode island. Wasn’t outside to pinpoint but in case you get others messaging – it was definitely 5 quick shots. Sounds like it came from the street and not great aim hitting some parked cars.”

Multiple readers reported around 6:15pm Sunday: “multiple shots fired in the 2900 block of Georgia Ave NW, with some hitting the windows of Bravo Bar. Georgia Ave NW closed between Harvard and Hobart at the 2900 block.” Read More

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