West Wing evacuated after Capitol bomb threat

By: KLKN Newsroom

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ABC News reports the West Wing at the White House has been evacuated shortly after the Capitol community had its own scare when a bomb threat was phoned into a Senate office building.

It is unclear whether the two events are related and no reason has been given for today’s West Wing evacuation. It’s also unclear whether staff was also evacuated.

Shortly after noon, the U.S. Capitol Police evacuated a portion of the Dirksen Senate Office Building after an unidentified individual phoned in a bomb threat, authorities said.

A short time later, U.S. Capitol Police investigated a second suspicious package that was in the Russell Office Building‘s courtyard that turned out to be an unattended lunch cooler, authorities said.

The phoned bomb threat at the Dirksen building also was cleared and nothing hazardous was located.

At the White House, the press corps was moved to the South Court Auditorium in Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Secret Service officers are currently working with a bomb-sniffing K-9 unit to clear the James Brady Press Briefing Room.

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