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Service on Metro's Red Line train was halted after a woman made a bomb threat.
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Service on Metro's Red Line train was halted after a woman made a bomb threat.

The Rockville Metro station has reopened and the disruption has been cleared, Metro reports. The bomb threat had shut down the Rockville station and no trains were running between Grovesnor and Shady Grove.

Riders were in the middle of their morning commute on the Red line when a woman got on the train and started loudly talking on her phone, according to a witness.

Rick German, who was riding in the same car as the woman, says that no one paid much attention to her -- until she dropped to her knees near the Metro doors and said "something about how Christians and American Muslims are going to pay," he says.

Right before she exited the train at the Rockille station, she said, "Everybody's going to die, they've died before, they're going to die again. Everybody on this train's going to die.'" German says. "When she walked out the door, that's when people started saying, 'she's talking about us,' and that's when people started calling 911."

Riders pushed the emergency call button on the train to notify the operator, and German was able to prop the door open for long enough to alert security guards that they should stop the woman, he says.

"Everyone was scared, but everyone did a fantastic job," German says. "It's very upsetting, because all we've heard lately, is 'we'll hit Metro, we'll hit transit. Thank God nothing happened and that things were the way they were."

The Rockville Metro station was evacuated and train service was halted between Shady Grove and Grosvenor stations while the Metro Transit Police Department investigated the scene.

Seven different fire trucks and EMS arrived at the station. While the train was stopped, police say the power on one of the train cars went out, and about five to 10 people were being treated for heat exhaustion.

According to Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel, the woman made the bomb threat at about 7:30 a.m. The woman was detained by the police. Officials did not find any evidence of any type of explosive device when K-9 units and detectives arrived.

Rockville Metro station has reopened, and train service has between Grosvenor and Shady Grove has been restored. The Rockville station was shut down for two hours.

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