WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A 44-year-old Pennsylvania man has been arrested after police say he made a bomb threat outside the White House early Wednesday morning.
Officials say Krzysztof Wasik of Hazle Township, Pa. approached an officer at the White House gates Wednesday morning and warned that a bomb would detonate in a truck parked in the 800 block of Vermont Avenue.
His threats prompted a large-scale investigation by the Secret Service, Metropolitan Police and Park Police.
Wasik is charged with making felony threats and is being held pending a court appearance. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
Authorities established a large perimeter and closed area streets for nearly two hours. The Vermont Avenue entrance to the McPherson Square Metro Station was also closed for a time.
Streets were reopened after nothing dangerous was found inside the truck.
Crime scene tape wrapped pylons along Pennsylvania Avenue by the White House, blocking pedestrian traffic, as the investigation continued.
A “fair amount of security,” including the Secret Service technical support team and K-9 units were at the scene according to WNEW reporter Kevin Patrick.
At the time, authorities would only describe the situation as a police emergency. Patrick says responding officers had a serious demeanor were “not messing around.”
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