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Reston Police Station Evacuated Tuesday Night After Electrical Problem

No injuries after electric problem with transformer box at station.

Firefighters arrived at the Reston Police District Station Tuesday night after problems with a transformer box. Patch archive photo
Firefighters arrived at the Reston Police District Station Tuesday night after problems with a transformer box. Patch archive photo

Officers working at Fairfax County's Reston District Police Station were briefly evacuated Tuesday night, according to Lucy Caldwell, spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Police Department.

Around 9 p.m. Tuesday, one of the officers from the Reston station smelled smoke, heard a “boom” and investigated, she said.

He saw smoke and smoldering at a transformer box, where electrical work had been done recently as part of the ongoing construction project.

The fire department responded and the station was briefly evacuated. The station ran under a power generator throughout the night. 

A new power transformer was installed overnight. There were no injuries and all power at the station was resumed.

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