WASHINGTON – A suspicious envelope was found in one Senate office building and a suspicious package in another Wednesday as the Capitol complex heightened security the day after a letter addressed to a senator tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison.
Meanwhile, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) also said his regional office in Saginaw received a “suspicious-looking letter” that was turned over to authorities.
Police were questioning an individual on the scene in connection with the morning events. U.S. Capitol Police said no evacuations were underway Wednesday as they advised lawmakers to shelter in place. “We’re controlling access to the buildings right now,” said Capitol Police Officer Shannell Antrobus.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), however, said his office was “quarantined” and his staff was being evacuated.
The first incident unfolded at 11:09 a.m. EDT. when a suspicious envelope was found on the third floor of the Senate Russell Office Building, the police said. Within minutes, a suspicious package was found at 11:17 a.m. in the atrium of the Hart Office Building.