Shortly after 7 p.m. the Capitol Police Hazardous Device Team cleared the suspicious vehicle they had stopped on Delaware Avenue and reopened the closed-off streets.
The police had stopped an apparently stolen car, which contained “suspicious” wires inside, near Union Station, according to police officials.
“One of our officers noticed a vehicle that appeared to be suspicious in nature,” said police spokeswoman Jessica Gissubel. “We’re going to take some extra time to make sure there’s nothing hazardous [in the vehicle].” While the Hazardous Device Team was screening the vehicle, the police closed several streets in the area.
They shut down the eastbound lanes of Massachusetts Avenue between Louisiana Avenue and First Street Northeast, while traffic continues in one lane in each direction in the westbound lanes. Also closed are Louisisana between Massachusetts and D Street, and D Street between Lousiana and First Street Northeast.
Information on the make and model of the vehicle were not available. It bore temporary license plates, but the police could not confirm if it had a Senate parking permit and were unable to locate the owner.