After officers saw a man with what appeared to be a detonator in his pickup truck, officials evacuated several buildings around Capitol Hill and dispatched snipers. The pickup had no license plates. Congress is currently in recess, but staffers were seen walking calmly out of the area in the direction of authorities.
According to three sources, police negotiators were talking to him while he made notes and showed them off to authorities. According to the officials, they were trying determine if it was an operational bomb.
J. Thomas Manger, U.S. Capitol Police Chief, stated that "my negotiators have been hard at work trying for a peaceful resolution of this incident." "We are trying to gather as much information as possible to find a peaceful resolution to this."
Manger stated that the truck was driving up the sidewalk in front of the library at 9:15 am. According to Manger, the driver claimed he was carrying a bomb and that it was a detonator. The truck did not have any license plates.
Since the Jan. 6th insurrection at Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump, tensions have been high in the nation's capital.
The fencing that was placed around Capitol grounds for several months had been in place but was removed this summer. A day before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, pipe bombs were left at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington. No one has been arrested yet for placing the bombs.
The threat also forced the evacuation of the RNC, which was located near the truck's location on Thursday.
Multiple fire trucks and ambulances were stationed near the scene to block off the area. The FBI, the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were also present.
According to the White House, it was keeping an eye on the situation and was being briefed in this regard by law enforcement.