Police Clear Suspicious Package From Pennsylvania Ave. Near Capitol

Posted October 6, 2011 at 8:21am

U.S. Capitol Police shut down part of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to respond to a suspicious object early this morning.

Capitol Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said the object in question was a “small metal cylinder.” The 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest will remain closed, with pedestrian restrictions, until all has been resolved, she said.

“We’re still investigating and sending a robot down,” Schneider reported around 8:40 this morning. The “robot” is a tool of the Capitol Police bomb squad.

Shortly after 10 a.m., Schneider reported that the situation had been cleared, the road has been reopened and the object had been removed to an FBI facility in Quantico, Va.

An email alert issued by the local government’s “Alert DC” system informed people of the situation shortly before 8 a.m. but identified the location as Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast.