BREAKING — Reports of Bomb Threat Near US Capitol
News is breaking of a reported bomb threat near the US Capitol. According to the US Capitol Police, there is currently an active bomb threat investigation underway!
MEDIA ALERT: This is an active bomb threat investigation. The staging area for journalists covering this situation is at Constitution and First Street, NW for your safety.
Please continue to avoid the area around the Library of Congress. pic.twitter.com/jTNVaBmVwR
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) August 19, 2021
🇺🇸#Breaking: US Capitol Police responding to serious incident outside Library of Congress
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The Associated Press is reporting:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Police were investigating a report Thursday of a possible explosive device in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill and have evacuated multiple buildings on the sprawling Capitol complex, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press.
U.S. Capitol Police said officers were “responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress,” and that it was an “active bomb threat investigation.”
The building is near the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Police have also evacuated congressional offices nearby, encouraging people to remain calm and use the underground tunnels if necessary to leave the area. Congress is on recess this week.
The law enforcement officials said investigators on the scene were working to determine whether the device was an operable explosive and whether the man in the truck was holding a detonator. Police were sending snipers to the scene, according to the officials.
The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The area was blocked off by police cars and barricades, and multiple fire trucks and ambulances were staged nearby. Also responding were the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police, FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Additional reports indicate that the Cannon House Office Building, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building have all been evacuated. Furthermore, the Madison Building is currently under a shelter in place order.
Preliminary reports indicate that is a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress with possible explosive devices inside.
FF-NOW – US Capitol Police responding to suspicious vehicle near Library of Congress, DC
• Cannon House Office Building evacuated
• Library of Congress evacuated
• Jefferson Building evacuated
• Madison Building sheltering in place
• Possible explosive device in pickup truck pic.twitter.com/sPnYlLucN3
— Crash- Constitutional Peasant (@CrashPatriot) August 19, 2021
This story is breaking — more to follow!