Law enforcement officials were negotiating with a man who said he had a bomb in his pick-up truck near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday (August 19), causing nearby buildings to be evacuated as emergency vehicles rushed to the scene about a mile from the White House.
Footage from the scene showed heavily armed police cordoning off the area and ambulances and firetrucks positioned nearby.
Several nearby buildings were evacuated, including the U.S. Supreme Court. People in the Madison office building were told to bar themselves in their offices. A nearby subway station was closed.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was sending a bomb technician to support police. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also responded.
Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters that the man parked his vehicle on a sidewalk outside the U.S. Library of Congress and told an officer who approached him that he had a bomb while holding what appeared to be a detonator.
Police do not know the man’s motive, he said.
A video livestreamed on Facebook appeared to show a man speaking inside a truck parked on a sidewalk outside of what looked like the Library of Congress.
“The revolution’s on, it’s here,” the man said. “I’m trying to get (U.S. President) Joe Biden on the phone.”
Police did not say whether the video was made by the suspect.
A U.S. law enforcement source said the presence of explosives had not been confirmed.
(Production: Ashraf Fahim)