Capitol Police Clear Suspicious Package From CVC

Posted June 8, 2009 at 4:33pm

Updated: 7:29 p.m.

Capitol Police have cleared a suspicious package that caused the evacuation of the Capitol Visitor Center on Monday afternoon.

At about 5 p.m., officers “disrupted— an unattended bag at the CVC’s South Mezzanine door and determined that it contained nothing hazardous, Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said in an e-mail.

“The immediate area of the South Mezzanine Door remained closed while USCP continued their investigation,— she said. “The surrounding area and temporary street closures reopened.—

The package was found at about 3:30 p.m., and by 5:50 p.m., the incident had been cleared, she said.

The department sent out an e-mail shortly after 5 p.m., warning staffers that officers were “in the process of disrupting the suspicious package located at the CVC entrance.—

The “emergency message— continued: “You may hear a loud bang or pop. There is no need for you to take any additional action.—

To help with the disruption, the Capitol Police Hazardous Devices Unit had set up its school-bus-size vehicle and wheeled out what looked to be a robot.

In the Capitol, staff and reporters crowded around windows near House Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) office to get a good view of the scene on the East Front.