On Thursday, D.C. law enforcement officers were investigating what they thought to possibly be an explosive device in a pick-up truck. The said vehicle was just outside the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill, per an Associated Press report.
Terror Threat Rattles the Capitol
The police responded to “a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress,” which is on Capital Hill, close to the Supreme Court and the U.S. Capitol building.
As a precaution, the nearby buildings were evacuated. Additionally, the police blocked off the roads in the vicinity of the Capitol.
Congressional staff members who were in Cannon House Office Building were sent evacuation notices because of a suspicious vehicle fount near First Street Southeast.
When they first found the said vehicle, the police told AP that there were investigators on the scene, who were trying to find out if the suspicious device was an operable explosive and if the person in the vehicle near the Capitol had a detonator.
According to a source, SWAT vehicles were just outside the Rayburn House Office Building. People in nearby buildings, including those working for the Republican National Committee, were instructed to evacuate, per Breitbart News.
Later on, police officials revealed to an NBC reporter that the pick-up truck did not contain anything that would resemble an explosive. The reporter for the news outlet clarified that the concern of there being an explosive device in the first place came from the statements from the driver.
After an hours-long standoff with law enforcement, which started at around 9:45 a.m., the man who claimed to have a bomb in his truck had surrendered.
Additionally, the D.C. Police Department, via Twitter, published an update about the incident. It revealed that the “vehicle related to the active bomb threat near the library of Congress has been cleared.” It also noted that road closures in the vicinity have been lifted and that residents can now return home.
UPDATE: The vehicle related to the active bomb threat near the library of Congress has been cleared. Road closures that were in place have now been lifted.
Residents may return to their homes. Thank you all for your patience during this critical incident.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) August 19, 2021