The USCP announced the suspicious activity on its Twitter page just after 9:40 am. local time and urged people to stay away from the area. Volgens The Associated Press, police are investigating reports of a possible explosive inside a truck in the area.
The USCP het dit genoem an “active bomb threat investigation.”
Aaron Fritschner, communications director for Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va), shared on Twitter screenshots of message alerts he had received from the police agency. One message sent at 9:53 am. state, “Madison: Internal Security Threat: move inside office/lock doors, seek cover, and remain silent.”
A subsequent message states: “Jefferson: EVACUATE. Proceed to your designated assembly area. DO NOT exit out of the west side (First Street) of the building.”
Other areas in the region have also been ordered to evacuate to neighboring buildings, Fox News verneem het, but the entire Capitol is not currently locked down.
Police have said the investigation is ongoing. Intussen, many lawmakers are currently out of area for their August recess.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.
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