May 30th, 2010
02:46 PM ET

Washington train station evacuated

Authorities evacuated Union Station, the main train terminal in Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon due to a chemical odor from an equipment closet, according to a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

The odor, described as smelling like sulfur or natural gas, was believed to come from an area where batteries and other equipment is stored, said fire department spokesman Peter Piringer.

A hazardous materials response team was on the scene, Piringer said. No injuries were reported, but authorities decided to evacuate the entire station as a precaution.

An Amtrak spokesman said all rail traffic in and out of the station was temporarily suspended due to the evacuation.  Subway service continued to operate, but trains were not stopping at Union Station, according to the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority.

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  1. bite this

    if you put a little mustard on that turd, it will smelll and taste much better

    May 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wake up and smell the turds

    wipe not, want not

    May 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. turds on my treads

    can you smell turds? check your shoes, mate. yep, turd on your treads.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. what's that nasty smell?

    is that my shoes or your cakehole?

    May 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. your cakehole is clogged

    need to try the top hat on your sub-cake hole.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. my emissions protection device has failed

    sorry to my fellow travellers - my cakehole blow-out preventer failed at grand central. the smelll was horrible.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. you smell like indian food

    thanks, can i get some nan. i will be here for awhile.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. methane is the way to happiness

    oooh, oooh, that smell, can't you smell that smell.......

    May 30, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. you so funny

    me sniff you long time

    May 30, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. should have wiped it when it was wet

    dry heaving from the smell now

    May 30, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. try a wet cloth

    put it in your mouith and tie the belt around your neck and lean forward while your jerk your member. and remember kids, always have a spotter.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. forced down your throat

    push it down your throad further and it will start to feel better and right. swallow now. nicely done

    May 30, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the pain is subsiding

    thanks to all you cnn readers for all the good comments on alleviating the pain i have in my throat

    May 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Toodles

    Rose: "You guys have no concept,do you honestly think you hear all there is to know?They don't want to start a mass panic everytime something happens.I wonder how many people blew off tell tell signs before 911?People forget too fast and get complacent.You laugh at people,because you want to pretend we're all safe and nothing will happen again.You better read what the govt is telling us,we need to be vigilant and watch out for any signs of terrorism.You are the ones who are ignorant if you make fun of someone who is watching out."


    Wow. Rose is ACHING for another terrorist attack. Anything to bring excitement into her life.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. watch rose ache for terror

    rose, do you have a web cam? can we watch you ache?

    May 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
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