The Washington Post

2 suspicious packages investigat­ed, cleared

- — Emily Davies

Authoritie­s on Wednesday afternoon investigat­ed two suspicious packages — one at a building that contains Justice Department offices and another near the U.S. Capitol — but ultimately cleared both without finding anything dangerous.

One package was found on the 1400 block of New York Avenue NW. Photos circulatin­g online showed firefighte­rs outside a building that houses the Justice Department’s fraud section. D.C. police later said that they did not find hazardous material.

Another package was found near the southwest drive of the U.S. Capitol and Independen­ce Avenue SW. U.S. Capitol Police evacuated the U.S. Botanic Garden and closed down the southwest drive of the Capitol Building and parts of Independen­ce Avenue during their investigat­ion. The agency announced before 5 p.m. Wednesday that there was “nothing dangerous” inside the package.

D.C. police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said there was “no indication” the two incidents were related.

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