A bomb threat phoned into the House of Sweden caused the Swedish Embassy and other office at the waterfront building to be evacuated and caused street closures during the evening rush hours. As of 6 p.m., traffic in Georgetown and the West End was a mess.
“Someone left a message at the embassy switchboard Thursday afternoon claiming there was an explosive device in the building, at 2900 K St. NW,” according to WTOP. “Swedish Embassy officials say the building was cleared. However, bomb units are on the scene sweeping for explosives.”
Meanwhile, WikiLeaks tweeted around 5 p.m.: “Swedish press are reporting that the embassy in Washington has been evacuated over [an] Assange-related bomb threat.”
In the mid-afternoon, the Metropolitan Police Department sent an announcement through Twitter, concerning closed streets near the Georgetown Waterfront — specifically K Street and Rock Creek Parkway: “Police Activity Update: Street Closures will remain CLOSED until further notice.”
The MPD as well as the Secret Service Police were on the scene at 29th and K Streets, near the House of Sweden. Traffic was closed on Rock Creek Parkway, K Street between Rock Creek Parkway and 30th Street as well as westbound 26th Street at Virginia Avenue.