Portions of Senate office buildings evacuated
April 17th, 2013
11:52 AM ET
2 years ago

Portions of Senate office buildings evacuated

(UPDATE 12:49 p.m. ET)
The Capitol Police have alerted Senate staffers the situation involving a suspicious package has been resolved.

"The U.S. Capitol Police have removed the suspicious package from the Hart Senate Office Building and the envelopes from the third floors of the Hart and Russell Senate Office Buildings. The areas are now open," the agency wrote in an email.

(UPDATE 12:24 p.m. ET)
Authorities are investigating a suspicious letter at the office of Sen. Carl Levin in Saginaw, Michigan. "Earlier today, a staffer at my Saginaw regional office received a suspicious-looking letter," Levin said in a statement. "The letter was not opened, and the staffer followed the proper protocols for the situation, including alerting the authorities, who are now investigating. We do not know yet if the mail presented a threat."

(UPDATE 12:08 p.m. ET)
The man carrying a bag of letters who is being questioned by Capitol police is not believed to be connected to a letter possibly containing ricin found in a Senate mailroom and an apparently similar letter sent to President Obama, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. The man being questioned is described as emotionally disturbed, the official said.

(UPDATE 12:00 p.m. ET)
Capitol Hill Police are questioning a man with a backpack in the area of the Hart Senate Office Building. He raised suspicions with the contents of his backpack and the way he responded to police questions, two Capitol Hill police officers told CNN. The man's backpack contained sealed envelopes, one of the officers said. The backpack is being X-rayed, one of the officers said.

(POSTED 11:43 a.m. ET)
U.S. Capitol Police are evacuating the first floor of the Hart Senate Office Building due to a suspicious package. People on other floors of the building are being told to go into their offices. Separately, there is a suspicious envelope at the office of Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, in the Russell Senate Office Building. Security has cleared the hall but is not officially evacuating.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Nation needs to wake up. Quit jealousy, racial stuff. Ok. Quit fighting on party lines. No one is caring whether you are white or black. We are all one-AMERICANS.

    April 17, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Shades of 9/11 all over again.

    April 17, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Here we go. Domestic wackos are ruining this America

    April 17, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    This may be a diversion in preparation for a larger scale attack. We must be vigilant and report anything out of the norm. If you see something, say something!

    April 17, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    The political hyper-partisanship is fueling the rise of domestic terrorists, Political talk show entertainers like Limbaugh, Coulter, and Savage are also contributing to an extreme and unhealthy political environment.

    April 17, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Homer Simpson

    We dont know this was from domestic or foreign source?

    April 17, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Homer Simpson

    This guy will be toast, would not care what they do to him

    April 17, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. just sayin

    more domestic left wing terrorism attacking republicans.

    April 17, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    That's exactly right Randy. This is what Rush, Hannity and the rest of the klan have been fostering for years. It was only a matter of time before some poor uneducated hick decided to go after the Kenyan socialist that's determined to take away the rights of real amurrikkkans.

    April 17, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Peoples State of Illinois

    It is hard for Democrats to call terror what it is, because they share the same goals.

    April 17, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Randy, San Francisco

    The political hyper-partisanship is fueling the rise of domestic terrorists, Political talk show entertainers like Limbaugh, Coulter, and Savage are also contributing to an extreme and unhealthy political environment.
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    Be fair Randy, and include the hyper-left as well... the likes of Madcow, Mr. Tingle up his leg, Sgt. Schultz, Cenk Ugyr... ahhhh, the list goes on and on...

    April 17, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. protect us all

    this makes it very clear that letters must be banned and the post office shutdown. the dangerous mail system could be the deliverer of death to thousands, or millions. it is just common sense.

    April 17, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |