Metrorail service disrupted by suspicious package

 

achardy@ElNuevoHerald.com

Metrorail service was abruptly suspended during the rush Monday morning on a stretch of track north of downtown Miami when someone reported a suspicious package near the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre station.

Service then resumed shortly after police reportedly blew up the package.

Miami police said the package was underneath the elevated Metrorail track near Northwest First Avenue and Eighth Street.

Police would not say what the package was or verify that it was exploded under controlled conditions, but they did not dispute the report that it was blown up.

“It was nothing to worry about,” said Detective William Moreno, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department.

He explained that during any report of a suspicious package, the bomb squad responds and determines whether there needs to be a controlled detonation of the item. Moreno did not have information on what this particular item was but said that it was cleared.

A person familiar with the incident said the package was exploded by the police.

Karla Damian, spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Transit, said Metrorail service was stopped around 8 a.m. when the suspicious package report came in. At that point, she added, authorities asked MDT to stop service at the location.

As a result, Damian said, northbound and southbound service was stopped at the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre station.

This means northbound trains coming from Dadeland South station had to stop at Government Center station and southbound trains from Palmetto Station and Miami International Airport stopped at Culmer Station.

A shuttle bus service then took northbound passengers from Government Center to Culmer and southbound passengers from Culmer to Government Center.

Damian said service resumed at 10:13 a.m.

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