District of Columbia: IEDs, IIDs Discovered during Riots at U.S. Capitol Complex

TRIPwire, 7 January 2021

On 6 January 2021, as riots were occurring at the U.S. Capitol Complex, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers discovered two IEDs outside the Republican National Committee (RNC) Headquarters and Democratic National Committee Headquarters, respectively, several blocks from the Capitol. Both devices were described as pipe bombs, and the RNC device was wired with an analog timer. The USCP Hazardous Materials Response Team examined the IEDs, determined they were viable, rendered them safe, and turned them over to the FBI for additional analysis. Authorities also discovered a cooler filled with improvised incendiary devices (IIDs) described as Molotov cocktails near the Capitol. Dozens of individuals have been arrested on Capitol grounds and in the surrounding areas, and investigations of the incidents are ongoing.