U.S. Capitol Cleared for Re-Entry, Arrests Made at JFK

July 7, 2008 - 8:19 PM

(CNSNews.com) - Lawmakers were cleared for re-entry into the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday evening after it was evacuated because of a bomb scare in the Hart Senate Office Building.

In New York City, the FBI arrested one man who had false identification and detained several others at the Kennedy airport.

While the Capitol was being evacuated Vice President Dick Cheney was moved to Camp David "as a precautionary measure," according to a spokeswoman.

"Somebody called in and made a threat. That threat was immediately related to the U.S. Capitol Police," said Dan Nichols, of the Capitol Hill police.

"In reaction to that threat we did a search of the building and our dogs hit on an area that was of concern to us, and we evacuated as a precaution while the bomb team went in to do the sweep," Nichols said. "Once that was conducted it was cleared and the Capitol's now safe for re-entry."

He would not comment on what kind of package it was or specifically where it was located.

Meanwhile, the FBI detained "five or six" people at JFK Airport were detained and one man "with possibly fictitious identification" was arrested, said NYC Police commissioner Bernard Kerik.

"He had identification indicating he was a pilot. He attempted to clear security and he was stopped," Kerik said. "The identification he had was, in fact, false. I understand he has been arrested. There are other people that were detained. They have not yet been arrested and they're being spoken to by authorities."

As a result, the FAA grounded all flights headed to New York, and all three of the city's major airports were closed.

Peter Yerkes, a spokesman for the Port Authority, which runs the airports, said that planes in the air were being allowed to land, but no planes were allowed to take off. The hold went into effect shortly before 5 p.m.