Bomb threat evacuates buildings on Pennsylvania Avenue

Two buildings on the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue were closed for nearly two hours this afternoon due to an anonymous bomb threat.
Two buildings on the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue were closed for nearly two hours this afternoon due to an anonymous bomb threat.

An anonymous bomb threat forced the evacuation of 2099 Pennsylvania Ave. and the neighboring Hotel Lombardy at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, according to a D.C. official.

Police blocked off the eastbound right lane of Pennsylvania Avenue and the 800 block of 20th Street while bomb-sniffing dogs searched the 10-story office building. The all clear was given at 5:15 p.m.

Charles and Peggy Phillipa, tourists staying at the Hotel Lombardy, said the bomb threat was a minor inconvenience.

“We were coming back to the hotel and our feet are tired from our day,” Mr. Phillipa said. “Whoever did this inconvenienced a lot of people.”

Officials are currently investigating the source of the call.

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