Is the Capitol building loaded with bombs? See the latest updates
The Capitol Building was overtaken by Trump supporters earlier today – the day that Congress was meant to count the official Electoral College votes. The overseeing of the count has been postponed due to the dangerous situation – many Congress people were hiding under desks and some were evacuated.
When the count of the Electoral College will resume is currently unknown, but all news sources and members of Congress have said they will ensure the count goes forward lawfully. Some are even pushing to have it done tonight.
While people are reportedly dispersing at the time of writing this (shortly after Washington D.C. ‘s 6 PM curfew has been enacted) it’s also been said that bombs were found near the Capitol Building. Here’s what we know.
Two or three explosive devices?
Two explosive devices were discovered in Washington D.C. today. One was found at the Beltway headquarters of the RNC (Republican National Committee), according to the New York Times and another suspicious package was reported at the DNC (Democratic National Committee) headquarters. Though it was not certain if the package was a bomb.
NBC has also reported that a device was found on the grounds of the Capitol Building, where the major riots took place.
None of the explosive devices were detonated and few injuries have been reported so far, however one woman was shot at the Capitol Hill mob. Her last known status was critical condition, however some reports are starting to state the woman has died – this, however, has not yet been confirmed.
Domestic terrorists will not stop democracy.
— Rep. Elaine Luria (@RepElaineLuria) January 6, 2021
Representative Elaine Luria was forced to evacuate the Capitol Building due to the mounting concern of violence. She said at 10:46 AM, Pacific time, that the reason for her evacuation was due to the fact a pipe bomb was reported outside. The type of devices found elsewhere in D.C. is currently unknown.
Luria followed up her report saying “Domestic terrorists will not stop democracy.” She also condemned anyone who even remotely supports the actions of the rioters today saying “I don’t recognize our country today and the members of Congress who have supported this anarchy do not deserve to represent their fellow Americans.”
Other buildings in D.C. were evacuated though whether there was actually an explosive device is currently unknown at the time of this writing. Briefly both the Cannon House Office Building and Madison Library of Congress Building were forced to evacuate over safety concerns due to “suspicious packages”.
A police memorandum stated, “Due to police activity, all personnel are advised to relocate from the Cannon House Office Building to the Rayburn and Longworth House Office Buildings through the underground tunnels”. Evacuees were also told not to evacuate outside of the buildings due to potential aggression. They were then told to shelter in place at the new locations.
Currently, with so much happening in Washington D.C. at the moment, it’s hard to know which devices were real and which ones were a hoax. However, due to the tense situation all reports were being treated as potentially real threats.
Now that the 6 PM curfew is in effect most of the protesters have dispersed, however many remain tense wondering if they will return at some point in the near future.