- US Capitol Library Building Closed Due To “Pickup Bomb Threat.”
- Police evacuated the area around the building.
- Likewise, authorities have urged people to avoid the area while the investigation continues.
Police are investigating a report about a possible explosive device in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill and evacuated the area around the building, two law enforcement officers told The Associated Press.
The capitol police of the United States said that officers were “responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress.” The building in question is located near the Capitol and the Supreme Court.
Building near Capitol closed due to threat of explosives truck
Law enforcement officials said investigators were on the scene and working to determine if the device was an operable explosive.
In addition, the officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. Capitol Police have asked people to “stay out of the area” while the investigation continues.
Police send negotiators to speak with truck driver
The Metropolitan Police indicated that it is assisting the Capitol Police regarding a “suspicious package” or a “bomb threat.” They also indicated that they sent negotiators to speak with a man aboard the truck where he allegedly carries explosives.
The bomb threat on the U.S. Capitol comes just months after a homemade bomb was left at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington, a day before thousands of supporters of the former president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in January.
The truck had no license plates
A man sitting in a pickup truck in front of the Library of Congress told police Thursday that he had a bomb, prompting a massive response from law enforcement to determine if it was an operable explosive device, people briefed on it said. the case.
The truck did not have license plates, and when the police noticed it in the morning, authorities reported a possible bomb threat over police radios. Investigators were trying to determine if the man was holding a detonator.
The suspect wrote notes for the police
They were communicating with him as he wrote notes and showed them to police from inside the van, according to three people who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Police dispatched snipers to the area near the Capitol and Supreme Court and evacuated several buildings in the sprawling Capitol complex. Congress is in recess this week, but staff members were seen quietly exiting the area following instructions from authorities.
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