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3 buildings near the Capitol evacuated after a bomb threat


The Department of Health and Human Services building is seen in the evening in Washington on Sunday April 5, 2009. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

(The Hill) – At least three buildings near the United States Capitol were evacuated on Wednesday due to a report of a bomb threat.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Wednesday morning in a statement that a bomb threat had been reported in the Hubert H. Humphrey building, which houses its headquarters, prompting an evacuation.

“This morning a bomb threat was received at the Humphrey building. Out of caution, we evacuated the building and no incidents were reported, ”HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Sarah Lovenheim said in a statement.

“We are monitoring the situation closely with the Federal Protection Service,” she added.

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) also issued alerts on Wednesday that the O’Neill House office building was being evacuated due to a bomb threat and that the American Botanical Garden was evacuated because the USCP was helping the Federal Protective Service with a package.

The United States Capitol Police issued a separate alert Wednesday morning indicating that portions of Independence Avenue SW and C Street SW were closed due to a bomb threat in the HHS building.

The Hill contacted the Federal Protective Service for more information.


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