Police briefly shut down two Washington, DC streets and an entrance to the United States Congress visitor’s center on Tuesday while they investigated two suspicious packages left near the U.S. Capitol and determined they were not a threat. The incident came one day after the area around the Capitol was put on lockdown because of a suspected shooter.
U.S. Capitol Police gave the all-clear less than an hour after the initial report of unattended packages, which fed into heightened security concerns in the nation’s capital after the Brussels bombing last week that killed 35 people. The unattended packages were found outside the Capitol Visitor Center and near the U.S. Library of Congress across the street, Capitol Police said in a statement. READ MORE