Bomb Threat near Library of Congress & US Capitol – LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE

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US Capitol police in Washington DC are investigating reports of a threat near the Library of Congress. Police are investigating a possible explosive device in a truck near the US government building.

Police are investigating a bomb threat from a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress and the US Capitol in Washington DC. Get the latest in our LIVE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE.

Reports say police are specifically investigating a pickup truck and a man in the pickup truck. The US Capitol Police are saying this is an active bomb threat investigation and that people should avoid the area around the Library of Congress, which is near the Capitol. In this interactive live stream, host Steve Lookner brings you the latest updates on the suspicious vehicle and bomb threat near the Library of Congress & US Capitol, and he’ll also read your comments and questions on the air!

 

 

US Capitol Police said on Twitter: “The USCP is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress. Please stay away from this area and follow this account for the latest information.”

The Capitol police described it as an “active bomb threat investigation”.

Nearby Capitol office buildings have been evacuated. Both the House and the Senate are on recess, meaning most lawmakers are in their home states, but staffers and Library of Congress employees were working near the scene, prompting the evacuations. Police are also going door to door to alert residents in the area.

Police sent negotiators to speak to a man in the truck to determine if he was holding a detonator and officers were also working to ascertain if the explosive device was operable.

An eyewitness says she saw a man in a black pickup truck in front of the Library of Congress shouting that he had “a bomb” while tossing dollar bills out of the window.

Sydney Bobb, 22, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said she was on her way to a race in politics class near the Library of Congress at about 9.25am when she noticed a man in a black pickup truck shouting that he had a bomb.

“I was walking on that block because that’s where I go to class. He was shouting that he had a bomb. And then he threw money out the side of the truck,” Ms Bobb told The Independent by phone as she was being evacuated from her class.

 

Where is the bomb threat in DC?

D.C. police asked residents of a few nearby blocks to evacuate the area, between Second and Fourth streets SE and A Street SE and Independence Avenue SE.

A man drove a black pickup truck onto a sidewalk in front of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, on 1st Street SE, at about 9:15 a.m. Police responded to a disturbance call, Manger said.

 

Photos of the current event

A pickup truck is parked on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, as seen from a window of the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, in Washington. A man sitting in the pickup truck outside the Library of Congress has told police that he has a bomb, and that’s led to a massive law enforcement response to determine whether it’s an operable explosive device.

US Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger speaks to the press near the US Capitol as police investigate a possible bomb threat, in Washington, DC, on August 19, 2021. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says it has also joined the probe. “The USCP is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress,” the US Capitol Police said on its Twitter feed. “This is an active bomb threat investigation.”

A DC Metropolitan Police Department armored vehicle arrives on the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol responding to an active bomb threat unfolds near the Library of Congress on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.

People are evacuated from the James Madison Memorial Building, a Library of Congress building, in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, as law enforcement investigate a report of a pickup truck containing an explosive device near the U.S. Capitol.

A police vehicle moves into an area near the U.S. Capitol and a Library of Congress building in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, as law enforcement officials investigate a report of a pickup truck containing an explosive device.

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand at an intersection near the U.S. Capitol and a Library of Congress building in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, as law enforcement investigate a report of a possible explosive device in a pickup truck outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill and have evacuated have evacuated multiple buildings on the sprawling Capitol complex.

A Metropolitan Police Department cruiser blocks a street near the U.S. Capitol and a Library of Congress building in Washington on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, as law enforcement officials investigate a report of a pickup truck containing an explosive device.

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