On Thursday, panic descended on Capitol Hill, Washington as staff were told to evacuate buildings and reports emerged that police were investigating a possible explosive device in a pickup truck. In a tweet, US Capitol Police said they were “responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress” and urged people to stay away from the area.
Two law enforcement officials, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said officers were at the scene and investigators were working to determine whether the device was indeed an operable explosive.
“This is an active bomb threat investigation,” the Capitol Police confirmed in a tweet.
Staff in The Cannon House Office Building were among those told to evacuate. An order, shared online by Forbes reporter Andrew Solender, directed staff to relocate to Longworth House Office Building using underground tunnels.
Footage shared online shows scores of law enforcement vehicles, including specialized Emergency Response Team trucks, heading into the restricted area. In TV footage, police can be seen cordoning off the area, with barriers raised to restrict access.
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