Bomb alert prompts evacuation of Union Station in D.C.

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Union Station in Washington, D.C. was evacuated Wednesday after a bomb threat came in and a suspicious package was found, officials say. The entire terminal was ordered to evacuate and only few details were immediately available.

The incident began at about 5:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday when police reported that some sort of bomb threat had been received, and Metro Transit Police confirmed that a package had been located in the Amtrak portion of the station.

As a result of the threat, the entire terminal was evacuated and hundreds of people could be seen leaving the building, some of whom were running. A large number of emergency services, including police, ambulance and fire trucks, responded to the scene as a precaution.

Just after 6 p.m., Metro Transit Police said the all clear had been given and normal station operations were resuming. “All entrances reopening,” it said. Details about what was found in the package, if anything, were not immediately available.

Rail services were affected by the incident but resumed shortly after 6 p.m., though delays may continue.

Union Station, located near the U.S. Capitol building, is the main train station and transportation hub in Washington, D.C. It is one of the busiest rail facilities and shopping destination in the United States, receiving more than 40 million visitors a year.

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