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December 25, 2014

Capitol Police Complete Investigation of Suspicious Substance in Capitol Visitor Center (Updated)

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Capitol Police investigating a suspicious substance Tuesday carry their equipment back to the hazmat truck after declaring the area clear. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:38 a.m. | Capitol Police sealed entrances to the Capitol Visitor Center shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, in response to a suspicious substance.

Trapped groups of tourists and tour guides milled about in the main level, waiting for an all-clear so that they could enter the Capitol as police investigated in Emancipation Hall.

Escalators to and from the Capitol and outside entrances were ordered closed, as police implemented a shelter in place.

Capitol Police spokesman Shennell Antrobus confirmed the investigation to CQ Roll Call.

At about 9:50 a.m. Capitol Police radios began buzzing with the news that the suspicious substance tested negative and normal operations would soon resume, once the HAZMAT team cleared the scene.

A group of about 30 tourists who had been led out of the CVC theatre during the 45-minute investigation geared up for their tour of the Capitol. An officer joked with them that the well-rested CVC tour guides, also waiting for an all-clear signal, would show them a great time once operations resumed.

Shortly before 10 a.m., word spread that the doors and escalators were re-opening. A handful of Capitol employees who had been waiting in the Crypt boarded the escalator down to the CVC.

Outside, emergency vehicles parked on the East Front prepared to depart. A long line of tourists waited to enter the screening facility.

Antrobus confirmed in an email that the substance had tested negative and the CVC would re-open shortly.

A steady stream of tourists poured into Emancipation Hall.

  • Greenie Beanie

    Since equality before the law is the only kind of equality compatible with liberty, it is the only type of equality that free countries should pursue.

    • Carroll Barber

      You’ve been talking to Harry & Nancy, haven’t you? :)

  • Pie Thon

    Since force is the only way to prevent coercion, free countries award the coercion monopoly to the government and then work to restrain it.

  • G26

    Although democratic processes and collectivism both offer equality, democratic processes tend to offer equality of liberty while socialism offers equality of servitude.

  • Carroll Barber

    They carried the equipment back to the hazmat truck; when they realized no one brought the ___________. (fill in blank) Well, maybe next time. :)

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