Suspicious package in Arlington neighborhood causes hours of disruption

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Authorities in Arlington closed streets and evacuated the county’s emergency operations center Thursday afternoon while investigating reports of a suspicious package in a van in the Courthouse neighborhood.

The incident disrupted businesses and traffic for several hours before officials using a remote-control robot determined that the van contained only carpeting. Streets were reopened around 6 p.m.

An Arlington sheriff’s deputy spotted what he believed to be suspicious truck earlier Thursday afternoon while walking from the area near the Courthouse AMC movie theater to the Arlington County jail.

Police shut down parts of North Courthouse Road, 14th Street and 15th Street near the scene.



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