Secret Service Evacuates White House Press Briefing Room Following Bomb Threat

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The White House is pictured in Washington, D.C., on October 31, 2004. John Pryke/Reuters

Updated | Members of the White House press pool were briefly evacuated from the White House press briefing room by the U.S. Secret Service Tuesday afternoon. Press Secretary Josh Earnest later confirmed the evacuation was a result of a bomb threat being called in which directly targeted the room.

Earlier on Tuesday, two Senate office buildings were evacuated after reports of suspicious packages were called in. Authorities gave an all-clear less than an hour later. It is unclear if the incidents are related.

A video feed of the White House press briefing was cut off moments after members of the Secret Service entered the room and instructed all inside to evacuate. According to ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, cameras inside the briefing room were covered during the incident. Cameras outside of the White House were turned down, their lens facing the ground. A Secret Service dog was brought in by an agent to sniff the press briefing room.

Though reporters were evacuated, Karl noted White House staff were "not visibly evacuated." Another report indicates some staff members left the building but quickly returned to their offices.

Members of the press were assembled on a street outside the White House, while some were brought into the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, a building nearby which houses White House staff.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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