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Authorities investigate bomb threat near the Capitol

Library of Congress
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Capitol police are currently in negotiations with a suspect who claims to have a bomb outside of the

The incident was said to have begun around 9:15 a.m. Wednesday after a man in a black pickup truck drove up the sidewalk outside of a library near the building.

Authorities say the when an officer made contact with the suspect, the suspect made the claim that he had a bomb and appeared to have a detonator.

Congress is said to be in recess this week, but staffers operating from with the building and those surrounding them were evacuated .

Snipers and teams of police have been brought to the area to help with the situation, however, officials say they hope to resolve the matter as peacefully as possible:

“My negotiators are hard at work trying to have a peaceful resolution to this incident,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger said. “We’re trying to get as much information as we can to find a way to peacefully resolve this.”

The area is currently blocked off by police cars and barricades. Multiple ambulances and fire trucks were also seen in the area.

The White House said it was monitoring the situation.