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Metro delays after ‘sparks’ and ‘boom’ at Smithsonian stop

Passengers traveling on the Metro’s orange and blue lines can expect some delays Thursday after a spark and a “loud boom” temporarily halted service at the Smithsonian station, a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokeswoman said.

Trains are sharing a single track between the Smithsonian and Federal Center Southwest stops after a rail cover made contact with the energized third rail of a Metro train Thursday afternoon.

WMATA spokeswoman Caroline Laurin said passengers should expect delays while officials check out the scene, which should not last long.

Laurin said no one had reported injuries, and she confirmed there was no explosion despite initial posts on Twitter from witnesses.

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