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Police Say Man In Pickup Near Capitol Claims He Has A Bomb

Police evacuated multiple buildings around the Capitol after officers observed the man holding what appeared to be a detonator
A pickup truck is parked on the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building,
Posted at 10:52 AM, Aug 19, 2021

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 the area around the building, 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.” The building is near the Capitol and the Supreme Court. Police have also evacuated the Cannon House Office Building. Congress is on break 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. The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The incident comes months after a pipe bomb was left at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington a day before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in January.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press