Capitol Police investigate “suspicious package” near House of Representatives building

Capitol Police officials are investigating a “suspicious package” found on Sunday. It was found near the House of Representat...

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  • Capitol Police officials are investigating a “suspicious package” found on Sunday.
  • It was found near the House of Representatives building.
  • The Capitol Police closed the area.

The United States Capitol Police closed an area outside the Rayburn House of Representatives office building on the morning of Sunday, January 9, after a “suspicious package” was found in the vicinity, Fox News reported after 9:00 a.m. Atlanta time.

The District of Columbia National Security and Emergency Management Agency announced the closure of the highway on Independence Avenue between Washington Avenue SW and First SE Street shortly after 8:00 a.m., stating that it was due to ongoing police activity.

Capitol Police closed streets and inspected the suspicious package

Capitol Police

The closure was due to a suspicious package found on the Independence Avenue door of the Chamber building, according to Katelyn Caralle of the Daily Mail, also quoted by Fox News. “Staff and other members are instructed to AVOID THIS AREA until further notice,” the reporter noted.

Caralle pointed out that the closed roads were Independence Avenue (between Washington Avenue SW and First Street SE) and Traffic 6 (Independence and New Jersey Avenue SE). She noted that the alternative route to reach the perimeter of the Chamber is Traffic 2 (D Street and New Jersey Avenue SE).

A year after the assault on the Capitol, police are now investigating a suspicious package

Capitol Police

Fox News contacted Capitol Police to confirm the situation and ask for an update, but no further details have been provided so far. According to Fox News, the closure comes days after the anniversary of the riots that occurred at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The anniversary was marked by statements from officials, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

In the Fox News report, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said his department is better equipped to handle such an incident, although he has admitted that they still have, “about 400 officers to go where we have to be.”

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