A bomb threat forced the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and two other buildings in Washington, D.C., to evacuate on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Sarah Lovenheim said a bomb threat was received at the Humphrey Building where the HHS is headquartered, Daily Caller reported.

“This morning there was a bomb threat received at the Humphrey Building. Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the building and there is no reported incident,” Lovenheim said in a statement shared with the Daily Caller.

“We are monitoring the situation closely with Federal Protective Service. Any questions can be directed to Federal Protective Service,” Lovenheim said.

Axios reporter Andrew Solender shared an alert sent out by the U.S. Capitol Police, saying they were helping evacuate the O’Neill House Office building and Botanic Gardens due to a “suspicious package.”

The U.S. House of Representatives owns the O’Neill House Office Building.

According to WUSA 9, several roads around the HHS offices were closed to traffic, and there was a significant law enforcement presence in the HHS and U.S. Capitol area. A crowd of individuals evacuated from several buildings nearby gathered outside the U.S. Capitol. 

The Capitol complex has become a target of an increasing number of threats since the Jan. 6 riot. 

Wednesday’s incident came three days after a “specific threat” against uniformed members of the Capitol Police, which forced them and D.C. Police Department officers to spend hours searching the Capitol complex on Sunday, but no suspect was found.

Earlier in October, Capitol Police also shut down roads near the U.S. Supreme Court building after a Michigan man illegally parked his car next to it and refused to move. The officers eventually removed him from his vehicle after crisis negotiators were unable to talk him out. 

In August, multiple congressional staff buildings were evacuated as police tried to negotiate with a North Carolina man who parked his truck in front of the Library of Congress and demanded President Joe Biden and other Democrats resign. In a live stream posted to his Facebook account, the man claimed his truck was rigged to explode if the window was broken.

In April, a Capitol Police officer was killed when a 25-year-old man rammed a vehicle into him and another officer at a traffic checkpoint on Constitution Avenue near the Russell Senate Office Building. The suspect was shot and killed by another officer.

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