An explosive device was discovered at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the nearby Democratic National Committee building was evacuated, the New York Times reported.
The newspaper said in an online text stream, citing three sources, that the explosive device found at Republican headquarters was homemade, and that a bomb squad quickly destroyed it.
According to the newspaper, the headquarters of the Republicans and Democrats are located just a few blocks from the Capitol, where mass protests took place shortly after the Congress was to approve the results of the presidential election.
As reported by the media, the U.S. police are checking information on the possible presence of improvised explosive devices in Washington amid the protests of supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump. Earlier, police began to receive reports that bombs could be planted in several areas of the American capital.
On January 6, the U.S. Congress was to approve the results of the presidential election, declaring Democrat Joe Biden the winner. Incumbent President Donald Trump announced protests in his support back on January 5.
On January 6, protesters first gathered outside Congress and then stormed the building. The session on the confirmation of the election results was interrupted. There were clashes with the police on the steps of the Congress, who used tear gas and stun grenades. Several people were detained and some were injured. All officials, senators, and congressmen, including U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, were evacuated from the building.
U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the National Guard to be deployed to enforce law and order at the protest outside Congress. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a curfew beginning at 6 p.m. local time.