Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Breaking: Columbia Heights Metro closed (by a giant teddy bear?)

Just got this via AlertDC:
Columbia Heights station is closed due to Police Activity outside of the station. Shuttle bus service has been requested between Georgia Avenue and U Street / African American Civil War Memorial.
Anybody been there? Got any news on it?

UPDATE: Commenters say it was a teddy bear. Wow. Here's ABC on it.

UPDATE 2: Commenter tmoney says this is the bear! That does look like Commonwealth at 14th and Irving.

UPDATE 3: DCist notes the bear could be this bear, a climate change protest of sorts. That would mean somebody could be in the bear. It could be some sort of art project too, Mark Jenkins or part of Brushfire.

UPDATE 4:
The Metro is back open. WMATA says it was a "suspicious package." Yeah, a bear-shaped one.

UPDATE 5:
NBC4 has the full story, and possibly the best photo I have ever seen.

12 comments:

  1. happened by in an attempt to take my dry cleaning in... the entire block is closed down, police won't let you past the health center/CVS atm... I asked police if I should wait or go home and come back in an hour or so, they recommended I go home and wait "a couple of hours" .

    a guy at the hot dog stand said they had closed off the block because of a bomb threat, he's not the most credible source, but the police/fire/emt presence and the closure of an entire city block suggests he might be right... nothing on the news yet that I can tell.

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  2. http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0908/553849.html

    Here is the "story" from ABC news...

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  3. Yep It wasn't a "suspicious package," it was a RAGGEDY, LIFE-SIZED TEDDY BEAR propped against a trash can. Certainly one of the more unique bomb scares. I hope someone has a picture of it.

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  4. Haha, I thought that was a joke. Wow.

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  5. I live in the Highland Park building so I got to see the bear up close and personal. It appeared outside between 7-8am most likely. It seems to be a Mark Jenkins piece...

    http://www.xmarkjenkinsx.com/outside.html

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  6. this is supposedly a picture of it.

    http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j106/PekkaMarkkanen/WTF-1.jpg

    it is creepy looking. I wouldn't think it was a bomb but definitely creepy.

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  7. Interesting you say that... I saw a picture of the bear (http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j106/PekkaMarkkanen/WTF-1.jpg) and it reminded me of something I saw when driving by the watergate the other day, it was a moose? dressed up a policeman or something...

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  8. perhaps then an artist has targeted DC, perhaps Jenkins himself, and we will see more weird life sized animals with human clothing popping up.

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  9. metro is open again!

    http://www.wmata.com/about/met_news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=2260

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  10. The police were kind enough to come into Pete's afterwards to spend some money after we lost an hours worth of business.

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  11. Wow, I leave town for a few days, and all hell breaks loose. Thanks for the picture, it's now my wallpaper on my laptop.

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