Police in Washington, DC, were investigating an “active bomb threat” on Capitol Hill Thursday — as a driver live-streamed himself threatening to blow up his explosive-laden truck.
Congressional offices and the RNC were quickly evacuated and the White House warned about the threat as FBI negotiators continued talking to the disturbed man Thursday afternoon, officials said.
“Around 9:15 this morning a man in a black pickup truck drove onto the sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress,” new Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger told reporters of the historic building near the Capitol and the Supreme Court.
“The driver of the truck told the responding officer on the scene that he had a bomb, and what appeared to be a detonator in the man’s hand,” the police chief said.
“We don’t know what his motives are at this time,” Manger said, confirming that negotiators were “still in communication with the suspect.”
“We do have a possible name and identity of the suspect, but we don’t have much information at all about him at this time,” he said.
Manger confirmed that the threats appeared to have been made on a livestream. Asked about rumors that the suspect was a veteran of the Afghan war, the officer said they “don’t know a whole lot” about him.
The man used a dry-erase board to communicate with police, claiming to have a detonator set to blow up his truck, NBC Washington said.
Snipers were also sent in as officers tried to work out whether the threat was real, sources told the Associated Press.
Images showed a huge police response, with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also responding.
Dozens of dump trucks were also sent in to surround the truck, which did not have license plates, according to CNN.
Both the Senate and House of Representatives are in recess, but staffers are working in the Capitol complex.
Police evacuated congressional staff offices nearby, encouraging people to remain calm and use the underground tunnels if necessary to evacuate the area.
The RNC, not far away from where the truck was parked Thursday, was also evacuated over the threat.
The White House said it was monitoring the situation and being briefed by law enforcement.
DC Mayor Muriel Browser also said she had been “briefed on the evolving situation,” tweeting, “Please avoid the area near the Capitol.”
The incident comes months after pipe bombs were left at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee in Washington a day before thousands of pro-President Donald Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6.
In April, a man rammed a car into barriers at the Capitol, killing an officer before the attacker was shot and killed.
This is a developing news story.
With Post wires