Bomb Threat in Washington Prompts Evacuations in Capitol Hill Area

US Capitol Police evacuated portions of Capitol Hill on Thursday, August 19, while investigating an active bomb threat near the Library of Congress.

Footage livestreamed on Facebook near Capitol Hill showed a man, identified by DC Police as Floyd Ray Roseberry, inside a pickup truck holding what he said was an explosive device.

Several videos posted under the Ray Roseberry account on Facebook on Thursday morning showed Roseberry driving his vehicle, talking to camera, while en route to Capitol Hill. Outside the Library of Congress, he yelled out to people, asking them to tell police to “clear the Capitol” and telling them, “I’ve got a bomb in here.”

The police asked residents between 2nd Street SE to 4th Street SE, as well as A Street SE to Independence Ave SE, to evacuate the area. According to local reports, the Cannon, Jefferson, and Madison office buildings were also evacuated.

Roseberry was taken into custody on the afternoon of August 19, police reported.

This video taken by Twitter user @vicequeenmaria shows police cars and evacuees near A Street NE and 3rd Street NE. Credit: @vicequeenmaria via Storyful

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