Suspicious `powder' shuts city T station By Robin Washington Monday, February 9, 2004
The Downtown Crossing subway station on the Red and Orange lines was evacuated and closed for an hour and a half yesterday after a fare collector reporting to work discovered a powdery substance in her booth. ``She notified Central Control, who called police and fire. Hazmat responded and removed the substance from the booth,'' T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said of the 4:30 p.m. emergency call, adding the collector was unharmed. As of last night, the substance was being tested but had not yet been identified, Pesaturo said. Subway service continued during the evacuation, Pesaturo said, with trains bypassing the station and entryways closed.
it appears that the only mention of yesterdays "police action" was the above blurb in todays herald. a whole bunch of questions swirl in my mind, which is probably why the media isnt "vigilant". does it not take longer to isolate, contain, and neutralize the area? were i a collector, i wouldnt be going back in the booth until it was properly hosed down in a boiling vacuum, or whatever was done to the senate builidings and post offices. chances are it was nothing, but come on. should trains really been running through there causing huge wind gusts? whatever.