Police investigated a report of an explosive inside of a pickup truck parked outside the Library of Congress on Thursday, according to multiple sources.
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. pic.twitter.com/jTNVaBmVwR
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) August 19, 2021
The Capitol has been placed on lockdown and the area has been evacuated until the situation is resolved. Police, SWAT and FBI have all responded to the scene.
Negotiators were sent in to talk to the man inside the truck who claimed an explosive device was inside the vehicle with him.
“Police are sending negotiators to engage with a man in the truck making the [bomb] threat, one of the sources said.” https://t.co/sTWF5FvUI5
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) August 19, 2021
“Law enforcement is working to determine if the man in the pickup truck is holding a detonator and if the explosive device is operable,” reported the Associated Press.
View the live report from FOX below: