Suspicious package near Capitol not a threat

Investigators say a suspicious package that disrupted commuters headed to the Capitol was not a threat.

Updated: Jan 11, 2011, 00:11 AM IST

Washington: Investigators say a suspicious
package that disrupted commuters headed to the Capitol was not
a threat.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt Kimberly Schneider says
the package was deemed suspicious Monday when it was detected
by a bomb-sniffing dog.

She says investigators x-rayed the package and
determined it was not a hazard.

The Capitol South subway station, which is about two
blocks from the Capitol building, had been closed because of
the package and is now being reopened.

Riders trying to leave the station were initially
redirected to other stations. Others were later allowed to
take an elevator and exit about a block from where the package
was found.

It wasn`t clear whether additional precautions were
being taken because of the shooting Saturday of US Rep.
Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.

PTI