U.S. bomb squad destroys package near Capitol

Bomb squad destroys pressurecooker from 'suspicious' vehicle near Capitol, one arrested. (File: AFP/Getty)

A bomb squad destroyed a pressure cooker from a “suspicious” vehicle near Capitol Hill on Monday, leading to one arrest, the Associated Press reported.

The pressure cooker was safely destroyed, according to Capitol Police spokeswoman Lt. Kimberly A. Schneider who spoke to the Associated Press by email.

She added that officers on patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle Sunday on a street on the National Mall west of the Capitol and an odor of gasoline was also detected.

A bomb squad “disrupted the items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker,” producing a loud bang about 7:45 p.m, she said.

The vehicle owner, Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia, was found, arrested and charged with “operating after revocation,” the spokeswoman added.

(With The Associated Press)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46