Special equipment pulled together to the Library of Congress after report of possible explosion
A column of special law enforcement equipment was seen heading to the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
The vehicle of emergency and law enforcement moved to the Library of Congress in DC after a report of a possible explosion. The portion of the Capitol remained on a lockdown or evacuated while the units of the United States Capitol Police were investigating a suspicious truck parked at the Library of Congress.
A security situation may be unfolding outside the Library of Congress— these are the kind of alerts we get when it’s the real thing pic.twitter.com/g0EDPfIJB2— Aaron Fritschner (@Fritschner) August 19, 2021
The suspicious activity was reported on twitter around 9:40 a.m. local time Thursday. Associated Press reported that the suspicious vehicle could contain explosives.
The USCP called it an "active bomb threat investigation."
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.— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) August 19, 2021
Please continue to avoid the area around the Library of Congress. pic.twitter.com/jTNVaBmVwR
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 a.m. states, "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."