Law enforcement officers maintain a perimeter around a bomb threat near the Library of Congress and the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, United States August 19, 2021 | Photo: SHAWN THEW / EFE

The United States Capitol Police announced Thursday (19) that they were investigating “a bomb threat” near the Library of Congress.

In a Twitter message, police said “this is a bomb threat investigation” and advised people to “avoid the area”. The American press reported the possible presence of an explosive in a van.

The Library of Congress is located across from the Capitol in the United States Legislative Assembly complex. Members of Congress are on summer vacation and are not expected to return to Washington until next week.

More information soon.