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BREAKING: Capitol Hill evacuated as police investigate suspicious vehicle, 'active bomb threat'
Update 8/19/2021, 11:35 a.m. ET: CNN's Whitney Wild reports that authorities on the scene are "negotiating with [a] suspect," who is reported to have arrived at the scene in a pickup truck without license plates.
"CNN reported earlier that negotiators were being sent to talk to a man in the truck after responding to claims of suspected explosives in a vehicle near the US Capitol," the outlet noted.
Update 8/19/2021, 11:37 a.m. ET: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the Capitol Police in investigating the active bomb threat.
In a Thursday morning tweet, the FBI wrote, "The FBI Washington Field Office's National Capital Response Squad is responding with our partners, including @CapitolPolice to reports of a suspicious vehicle and bomb threat near the Library of Congress.
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U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday announced an "active bomb threat" investigation near the Library of Congress, according to the Associated Press, prompting nearby Capitol Hill buildings including the Cannon House Office Building to be evacuated.
What are the details?
Police on Thursday morning announced that officers were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress and urged all people to stay away from the area.
The news agency reported that police said there is a possibility of explosives inside the vehicle.
In a tweet, the U.S. Capitol Police said, "MEDIA ALERT: This is an active bomb threat investigation. The staging area for journalists covering this situation is at Constitution and First Street, NW, for your safety. Please continue to avoid the area around the Library of Congress."
"This is an ongoing investigation," the department added. "We are monitoring this situation closely and will update this account as we get information we can release."
According to WTTG-TV, Capitol Police told the Associated Press that "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, according to the station, were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.
The station reports that the following streets have been closed:
This is a developing story and will be updated as events warrant.
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