In the District, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Whether you were stuck in downtown traffic yesterday morning – or had a birds-eye view from your office – you couldn’t help but notice it.

An ominous black plume of smoke rising from the vicinity of the National Mall, which soon towered over even the Washington Monument.

Brian Levey Fire Photo - Washington Post
(Photo: Courtesy of Brian Levey, Washington Post)

A terrorist attack? A rogue firecracker from yesterday’s Chinatown parade? A Superbowl barbecue gone awry?

The culprit was actually a small fire on the grounds of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

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