On Tuesday, after a phone call with threats of being mined, White House and Senate were evacuated. At first, Senate’s Dirksen office building was evacuated…
On Tuesday, after a phone call with threats of being mined, White House and Senate were evacuated.
At first, Senate’s Dirksen office building was evacuated. Then, several hours later White House was emptied as well. After the police examination, Senate office building, as well as the White House, was declared clear and no threats were found.
Now, police are not sure whether those two incidents were connected. White House politicians were asked to leave the building during the live streaming of the briefing.
White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, said that the phone call about bomb was made to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. According to a Secret Service representative, the evacuation wasn’t full. Other departments, apart from the briefing room, were not affected.
Live broadcast wasn’t stopped after the evacuation, thus viewers could see the bomb-sniffing dogs searching for the bomb.
Few hours back before the phone call to the Washington Police Department, the US Capitol police received another phone call with a bomb threat. It was made against some parts of the US Capitol Complex.
The Dirksen office building had to be evacuated before the police started their investigation. During it, a suspicious package was found in the Russell office building’s courtyard, which was not evacuated. According to the police, the package appeared to be a left-behind lunch cooler.