Streets Near Capitol Shut Down Following Threat

Posted October 21, 2005 at 1:25pm

A suspicious package was destroyed by Capitol Police hazardous materials crews this afternoon and two suspects are being questioned in connection to the incident.

At approximately 10:50 a.m. Friday, two white males driving a gray 2005 Chevy Impala along the 100 block of First Street Northwest approached Capitol Police officers and made comments alluding to the presence of a suspicious package in their vehicle.

Capitol Police immediately sealed off the area and the individuals were taken into custody for questioning while the car was searched. At approximately 1:10 p.m. Capitol Police destroyed the package inside the vehicle.

The office building at 101 Constitution Ave. NW, has been evacuated, but no Congressional office buildings, including the Capitol, have been evacuated.

Constitution Avenue Northwest between Delaware Avenue and Third Street has been closed, along with First Street Northwest from Pennsylvania Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. Portions of Louisiana Avenue have been closed as well.