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Nov 13th, 2002, 10:41 PM
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Washington paramedics load an unidentified man into an ambulance near the Agriculture Department in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002 where he was arrested after claiming to have explosives in his van, left, and making threats against President Bush.


Threat on Bush Closes D.C. Streets

Nov 13, 1:20 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man was arrested Wednesday morning outside the Agriculture Department after claiming to have explosives and making threats against President Bush, police said.

A city police department bomb squad fired a water cannon at two suspicious packages found in a rental van the man had parked outside the department. Neither was found to contain explosives, said police spokesman Quintin Peterson.

An officer with the Federal Protective Services was first alerted to the man. The FBI and D.C. police were questioning him, and the Secret Service was looking into whether to charge him with threatening the president, Peterson said.

Morning rush-hour traffic was brought to a standstill as several streets were closed in the area, and about 7,000 people were evacuated.

Officials tore open a file box full of books from the and inspected a suitcase and clothing bags, and the FBI confiscated the truck.

People were allowed back into the building and the roads reopened by midmorning.



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