Flower pot causes D.C. street closure in rush hour

Thursday, October 22, 2009; 6:51 PM

Blame it on a flower pot.

If you were trying to leave downtown D.C. late Thursday afternoon along 12th Street NW near Pennsylvania, your trip home was delayed by a small flower pot. Police were contacted after the suspicious pot was spotted in a courtyard near the entrance of the Federal Triangle Metro station.

D.C. police, D.C. fire department emergency responders and Metro Transit Police responded to the intersection, and a stretch of 12th Street was shut down for about 40 minutes during the heart of evening rush.

Finding nothing but trash in the pot, officials reopened the street about 5:30 p.m.

Metro closed the elevator at the Federal Triangle station's entrance, but rail service was not affected, a spokeswoman said.

-- Clarence Williams

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