Courtesy of International Herald Tribune
Three Metro train stations were briefly closed Sunday in the United States capital while hazardous materials crews investigated a few dozen dead birds and a substance that eventually was identified as a commercial pest poison. All signs point to a contractor making a mistake, said a spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The poison was spread outside at least six Metro stations.
"We want people to know they weren't in any danger," spokeswoman Candace Smith said. The FBI's joint terrorism task force and officials from the National Institutes of Health joined the investigation as reports of the dead birds increased during the day. "There is no indication at this point that this is an attack that has been aimed at people or anything like that," said Alan Etter, District of Columbia fire and EMS spokesman. Information on the substance was preliminary because it had been washed away by wind and rain.