RNC evacuated due to suspicious package with vials of blood

The Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., was evacuated Wednesday morning due to a suspicious package, police confirmed.

The US Capitol Police confirmed to Fox News that “the suspicious package has been released.”

As security measures relax, police have since opened the sidewalk across the street from the RNC and the Capitol Hill club.

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A Hazmat team responded to RNC headquarters. (Fox News)

“At approximately 7:45 a.m., the USCP responded to the 300 block of First Street, SE, for the report of a suspicious package,” police said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “The package has just been released by our Hazardous Incident Response Division. It contained two vials of blood. The origin of the package and its contents will be further investigated.”

A heavy police presence was noted earlier outside the RNC and hazmat teams were on site.

Police at RNC

Police responded to reports of a suspicious package at the RNC. (Fox News)

Officers were seen wearing uniforms that identified them as bomb technicians and K-9 units.

Fire brigade at RNC

DC Fire also responded to RNC headquarters. (Fox News)

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Package released from RNC

Police confirmed that a suspicious package had been released at the RNC. (Fox News)

DC Fire and EMS also confirmed to Fox News that they had units on scene to assist law enforcement as they conducted an investigation.

Fox News' Tyler Olson and Brett Baier contributed to this report.

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