(Updated at 10:017 a.m.) D.C. Police earlier today evacuated the Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St. NW) on a report that a backpack was found in front of the building.
Police said they received the call for a suspicious package near the 1600 block of 16th Street NW around 8:45 a.m. Officials evacuated the center and blocked off portions of 16th Street NW street to investigate the package.
An all-clear was given by police on the scene around 9:52 a.m.
@DCPoliceTraffic Street Closures Update/1600 blk of Q St NW is clear & all lanes open
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Sarah Kirchen was in a water aerobics class when the building was evacuated. “There was never an explanation,” she said. “Some people don’t even have their shoes on.”
Borderstan reporter Sean Meehan contributed to this article.