Friday, September 17, 2021

Police investigating reports of explosives in truck near Capitol Hill

by Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo

WASHINGTON (AP) – Police were investigating a report of a possible explosive device in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and two law enforcement officers told the Associated Press that several buildings in the sprawling Capitol complex were evacuated. Is done.

US 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 adjacent to the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Police have also evacuated nearby congressional offices, encouraging people to use underground tunnels to remain calm and leave the area if necessary. Congress is on leave this week.

Law enforcement officials said investigators at the scene were working to determine whether the device was an explosive and whether the person in the truck had a detonator. According to officials, the police is sending snipers to the spot.

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Officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The area was cordoned off by police vehicles and barricades. Also the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had the answer.

The White House said it was monitoring the situation and that law enforcement was keeping it informed.

The incident comes months after pipe bombs were dropped at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee in Washington, a day before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol in January.

Police investigating reports of explosives in truck near Capitol Hill
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