Bomb Scare Proves to Be Misunderstanding

Posted October 17, 2003 at 12:52pm

An apparent misunderstanding led Capitol Police to conduct a bomb search along Southwest Drive on Friday morning.

“Someone misunderstood another person and thought they said they had a bomb,” said Capitol Police spokeswoman Jessica Gissubel.

The law enforcement agency activated its Hazardous Device Section after receiving a report that an individual on the House side of the Capitol grounds claimed to have an explosive device.

The suspect was stopped by police officers at 9:30 a.m. on Southwest Drive and interviewed while the agency swept the area for a bomb.

“We took every precaution necessary,” said Gissubel, who added that the line for Capitol tours was temporarily rerouted during the search, though tours were not halted.

Police reopened the area about 25 minutes later, and the suspect was not taken into custody.