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Police evacuate 3 buildings on Capitol Hill after HHS bomb threat

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Police evacuate 3 buildings on Capitol Hill after HHS bomb threat
Law enforcement from multiple agencies gather outside the Department of Health and Human Services after the agency received a bomb threat in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool | License Photo

Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Police temporarily evacuated three buildings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday after the Department of Health and Human Services received a bomb threat.

The HHS said in a statement that its headquarters in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building received the threat, prompting the evacuations. The nearby O'Neill House Office Building and the U.S. Botanic Garden also were evacuated.

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Authorities also closed several roads in and around the area southwest of the U.S. Capitol, WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., reported.

The U.S. Capitol Police said it evacuated the Botanic Garden because it was assisting the Federal Protective Service with the investigation of a suspicious package, The Hill reported.

Sarah Lovenheim, an HHS spokeswoman, said the three buildings involved "were cleared" by 2:30 p.m.

"There are no known safety concerns," she tweeted.

Lovenheim said the HHS had monitored the situation with the Federal Protective Service.

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