Parts of White House, Capital Hill evacuated over bomb threats

The White House briefing room was evacuated Tuesday after the Secret Service received a bomb threat. The Secret Service was seen on camera evacuating journalists after they interrupted the live broadcast. This is the first time this has happened on television.

Evacuations at the White House are rare, but not unprecedented. Last year, journalists and officials were temporarily evacuated after a fence-jumper made it inside the White House.

Yet Tuesday’s incident was made more dramatic by the fact that it took place on camera during a live press briefing – the first such instance since the White House started allowing live television coverage of full press briefings in the 1990s.

President Obama was in the Oval Office at the time, and was not moved during the evacuation.

Earlier in the day the U.S. Capitol Police received a bomb threat and evacuated a TSA hearing taking place in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

No bombs were found after either area was searched.

Authorities are not saying at this time if the two bomb threats are connected.

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