Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Explosion At Hart Senate Building


Washington - The Hart Senate Office Building is evacuated after what the D.C. Fire Department describes as a report of an explosion in the loading dock area -- possibly coming from a trash compactor.

Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter says it happened around 2:15 this afternoon. Etter says there is the odor of smoke on the lower floors, and that hazmat teams are now going inside the Hart Building, which is at Second and C streets, Northeast.

There are no immediate reports of any injuries.

The Senate gallery has told reporters it is a minor incident involving a trash compactor, and that the situation is under control and there's no danger to anyone.

Not clear if it's any big deal.

...or maybe not. sounds odd.