Explosive device found near US Capitol amid violent occupation

At least one explosive device has been found near the US Capitol amid a violent occupation of the building by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Law enforcement officials say the device is no longer a threat.

That’s according to a US official who isn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and speaks on condition of anonymity.

Thousands of supporters of the president occupied the Capitol complex as lawmakers were beginning to tally the electoral votes that will formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Vice President Mike Pence has called on protesters to leave the Capitol immediately, going further than Trump, who merely called for his supporters to “remain peaceful.”