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All-Clear Given After Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation Near U.S. Capitol

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"Please exit as quickly as possible."

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Several floors of a Senate office building were briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon after Capitol Police said they received a bomb threat.

"‎USCP continues to investigate the report of a suspicious package in room SD-340, Dirksen Senate Office Building. This is the result of a phoned in bomb threat to the USCP," Capitol Police said in a statement.

This incident in the Dirksen Senate Office Building interrupted a hearing about the Transportation Security Administration. Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told those present the floor was being cleared.

"So, in an orderly fashion, please exit as quickly as possible. Thank you,” Johnson said.

Authorities gave the all-clear shortly after 1:20 p.m. EDT, according to Roll Call. Police said the package was an unattended lunch cooler.

A representative for the U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request for further details.

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