Rosslyn, VIRGINIA — Police and fire officials were investigating a reported underground explosion in Rosslyn Tuesday.
Witnesses reported heavy smoke and shaking buildings near Lynn and 19th street.
Arlington County Police say the incident is possibly a power-related issue: “ACPD is investigating a power-related issue in Rosslyn. The source of the issue remains under investigation, police remain on scene. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.”
A Metrorail spokesperson said the incident is not related to the transit system: “We are aware of the images of smoke in the Rosslyn area. This incident is *not* Metro related. There is no impact to service.”
The Arlington Fire Department said: “Units are investigating what is believed to be a blown underground transformer near Rosslyn metro. We are also addressing stuck elevators related to the power outage in the area. No injuries reported. Heavy traffic due to closed streets. Find alternate routes.”
— Arthur Scott (@ArthurScott06) February 5, 2019
That explosion in #Rosslyn was huge. Shook the entire Townhall office. First responders blocked off entire street. A bus driver right on the corner told me it was a transformer and said the boom lifted/moved his bus, with him in it. Knocked out a few lights. pic.twitter.com/qxxrm14OE9
— Micah Rate (@Micah_Rate) February 5, 2019
Monstrous boom in Rosslyn a few minutes ago. And I’m on the 21st floor. cc: @billjusino
— John Fleury (@Buffalo_Theory) February 5, 2019
Seems like the boom (explosion ?) was related to the Metro station at #Rosslyn. Police cars are there now
Not sure, though. I’m just observing from our window pic.twitter.com/Y9yG9HK4C2
— Logan (@LgnCtn) February 5, 2019
Did anyone feel that BOOM in Rosslyn? Smoke coming out of the metro grates on Lynn.
— Taylor Au Jus (@jtsolomon) February 5, 2019
— MK (@yominkim) February 5, 2019
Traffic in the area was affected.
Rosslyn is in Northern Virginia located in Arlington County, north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown and Foggy Bottom in Washington, D.C.