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.
Officials say a "phone threat of a suspicious package" forced evacuation of floors at Dirksen Senate office building. Cap Police checking— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 9, 2015
Closed hallway at Dirksen Senate Office Bdg as officers investigate pic.twitter.com/7ZGbqIguqH— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 9, 2015
Working dogs arrive at the Dirksen location pic.twitter.com/FZkeiAk1lS— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 9, 2015
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.
Told by @ChadPergram -- suspicious pkg was an unattended lunch cooler and all is clear now. Life on Capitol Hill.— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) June 9, 2015
All clear on Capitol Hill after bomb threat and suspicious package in Senate office bldgs, but TSA hearing will NOT resume today, per cmte— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) June 9, 2015
A representative for the U.S. Capitol Police did not immediately respond to a request for further details.
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