Vermont Ave. Closed at 15th & I NW

The block of Vermont Ave outside the McPherson Square metro is closed, and there are swirling lights and sirens from multiple fire trucks and ambulances milling about.

According to various Internet news sources- it’s alternately “a suspcious package in the area of the White House” or an “anthrax letter at the Veterans Affairs office next to the White House,” etc.  

We’ll update this post when we have some kind of clarification.

UPDATE: According to the Washington Post (whose story I’m inclined to trust most simply due to their sheer physical proximity to the incident), it was a suspicious letter opened in the basement mailroom of the Veterans Affairs building. And according to NBC4, the  letter wasn’t delivered by the USPS, so it didn’t go through the normal irradiation process government mail goes through.  Both stories emphasize that anthrax testing is a precaution and so far no one has gotten sick.  Note that the Vermont Ave. entrance to the McPherson Square metro is closed, but the station is still operational and you can enter from 14th and I Streets.

Tiffany Baxendell Bridge is an Internet enthusiast and an incurable smartass. When not heckling the neighborhood political scene on Twitter, she can be found goofing off with her ukulele, Bollywood dancing, or obsessing about cult TV. She is That Woman With the Baby In the Bar.

Tiffany lives in Brookland with her husband Tom, son Charlie, and two high-maintenance cats. Read why Tiffany loves DC.

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