US Capitol lockdown after truck full of explosives found nearby

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The U.S. Capitol Police [USCP] say they are investigating a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress, as reports are emerging of a possible truck containing explosives in the area, which is close to several government and congressional office buildings.

Law enforcement sources told CNN that a man in a pickup truck had been "making threats," and police negotiators were on their way to speak with him.

Washington police say investigators on the scene are working to determine whether the device was a viable explosive and whether the man in the truck was holding a detonator.

"The USCP is responding to a suspicious vehicle near the Library of Congress," the Capitol Police wrote on Twitter. "Please stay away from this area."

Staff in the library's Jefferson building have been told to not use the exits on the west side of the building.

A separate alert sent to staff at the library’s James Madison Memorial Building warned them to shelter in their offices, switch off all electronic devices and stay away from doors and windows.

Neither the US House of Representatives, nor the Senate are currently in session. The high court is also currently closed to the public as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is “assisting with the report of an active bomb threat involving a suspicious vehicle,” and “currently evacuating the area,” according to police spokeswoman, Alaina Gertz.

The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also reportedly involved in the investigation.

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