US Army analyzes metal canisters discovered in Fort Totten Park, Washington, DC

Part of Fort Totten Park in Washington, D.C., was closed after a National Parks worker found canisters in a mound of soil, prompting an Army investigation.

Officials said that the U.S. Army was investigating the origins two metal canisters found by a National Parks worker in Fort Totten Park, Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

The National Park Service (NPS), a government agency, said that a part of the park had been closed to ensure public safety, just east of Fort Totten Drive and south of Gallatin Street. Out of caution, multiple roads were closed.

Officials said that the canisters had been found in a mound along Farragut Street. They appeared to have come from the road and were pushed into the park.

Katie Liming of the NPS told Fox5 DC the incident is still being investigated.


On Tuesday, police and firefighters closed part of Fort Totten Park, Washington, D.C., out of an excess of caution. (FOX5DC WTTG).

NPS asked citizens to leave the area as the Army worked safely to remove the canisters.

At Marine Corps Base Quantico, the Army will examine the canisters, their contents and several mounds along the roadside to determine the origins.

A National Parks employee discovered metal canisters under a mound in Fort Totten Park. (FOX5 DCWTTG)

Metal canisters have been found in Fort Totten Park before.

The NPS found an empty WWI era metal container on the ground surface in July 2020 while working on Fort Totten Trail.


NPS officials thought at the time the canister might be unexploded ordnance. The U.S. removed the canister and immediately inspected it. Department of Defense

The U.S. Army analyzes the canisters, and their contents if they exist, to determine where they came from. (FOX5 DCWTTG)

The DOD determined that the munition in question was a non-fused, empty canister. The origin of the munition is unknown. It was safely disposed.

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The NPS stated that it had searched the area surrounding the trail and found no additional metal canisters.

Fort Totten, named after Brig. Gen. Joseph G. Totten was Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army.

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