July 29, 2007
Authorities have confirmed that the substance that killed up to 20 birds at the Greenbelt Metro station and brought hazmat crews to three others is rat poison.
D.C. Fire Department spokesman Alan Etter says Metro will have to
figure out if the poison was put out by an employee or contractor.
He says they "strongly suspect" that the same substance was
responsible for the dead birds at Naylor Road, Anacostia and Takoma stations.
He says the birds from the D.C. stations are being packaged up and taken to the health department, since the rain and wind caused most of the substance to wash away by the time the fire department got there.
The discovery came shortly after noon Sunday and caused the Greenbelt and Takoma stations to close during the investigation.
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