Two Suspicious Packages Lead to High Alert on Capitol Hill for Second Consecutive Day

March 29, 2016 Updated: March 29, 2016
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After a shooting on Monday, the U.S. Capitol building was put on high alert again Tuesday morning while police investigated two unattended packages near the facility.

The investigation caused several street closures and closed a part of the Capitol Visitor Center, according to Capitol Police.

“The U.S. Capitol Police is currently investigating two unattended packages. There is an unattended package located on the west side of First Street. We are also investigating a second unattended package on the North Side Plaza of the Jefferson Building,” Capitol police said in a statement. 

“The north screening facility of the Capitol Visitor Center is closed pending an investigation. The south screening facility of the Capitol Visitor Center remains open. There is no impact to the U.S. Capitol building. The street closures in effect for both packages are:

“First Street from Independence Avenue, SE to Constitution Avenue, NE.

“East Capitol Street from First Street to Second Street.”

Roughly five minutes later, another email was sent out with an update:

“The U.S. Capitol Police have cleared the incident on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol building near the Capitol Visitor Center steps.

“All test results were negative. The area has reopened.”