WASHINGTON — The United States Capitol Police were investigating a “suspicious vehicle” outside the Library of Congress on Thursday, telling people to avoid the area.
In alerts to Capitol Hill staff members, the police urged some people to move inside offices, lock doors and stay away from windows, and told others to evacuate to designated assembly areas.
The police were investigating a possible explosive in a vehicle near the Library of Congress, according to a congressional official.
The Metropolitan Police Department was “assisting with the report of an active bomb threat involving a suspicious vehicle,” and “currently evacuating the area,” according to a spokeswoman, Alaina Gertz.
The Capitol Police declined to provide details about the investigation and referred questions to the agency’s Twitter account, which urged people to stay away from the area.
The threat unsettled visitors and employees at the Capitol, eight months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Hill on Jan. 6, in a violent attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election.
Glenn Thrush and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting.
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