Christmas ornament shuts Pentagon rail station

WASHINGTON (BestGrowthStock) – A blinking package forced the closure of the Pentagon subway station for 90 minutes at rush hour on Wednesday — until the suspicious item turned out to be a Christmas ornament.

Police at the U.S. Defense Department’s headquarters sent in sniffer dogs and bomb disposal experts in protective suits after a worker at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority saw the object in a trash can at around 7:15 a.m.

Eventually they “determined it to be a Christmas ornament that had red blinking lights,” said Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman. “Once they determined there was no threat, the all-clear was given.”

Just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia, the Pentagon has seen a number of security incidents since it became a target of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

In March, a gunman shot and wounded two security guards near the entrance to the five-sided building.

In October, a gunman using a high-powered rifle fired up to seven shots at the massive structure, shattering two windows. The FBI linked that incident with four other shootings at military sites around the area.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Additional reporting by Missy Ryan; Editing by John O’Callaghan)

Christmas ornament shuts Pentagon rail station