Capitol police blow up suspicious package
Parcel found in car in D.C.; two men questioned

Updated: 2:50 p.m. ET Oct. 21, 2005

WASHINGTON - Two men were questioned Friday after one of them told police there was a bomb in their car directly in front of the U.S. Capitol, and several blocks were cordoned off, authorities said. Capitol Police exploded a package in the car as a precaution.

One of the men was taken into custody for making a threat after telling police there was a bomb in the car, said a federal law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said police were dismissing the idea that there was any explosive device.

“I understand from the police that their claim that they have a bomb is not credible,” said Frist spokesman Bob Stevenson.

Police took no chances after examining the gray 2005 Chevy Impala near the corner of First Street in Constitution Avenue. A bomb squad member was seen using a mirror to examine the underside of the car. Later, police detonated a disrupting device, causing a flash and loud noise and blowing open a back door.

“We are characterizing this as a threat,” said Jessica Gissubel, a Capitol Police spokeswoman. “The two individuals approached our officers and ... made a statement alluding to the fact that they did have a suspicious package in their vehicle.”

Work inside the Capitol and surrounding legislative office buildings went uninterrupted and no one was evacuated. The Senate was in session but the House had recessed Thursday for the weekend.

Gissubel said police hoped to reopen streets around the Capitol soon.

The identity of the two gentlemen were George W. Bush, and Karl Rove.

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