J. Scott Applewhite / APDawn breaks at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)
As supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, federal agents were working at the same time to detonate two pipe bombs found just blocks away at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees.
The focus on the riot shifted public attention away from the explosives threat — which experts say remains a primary concern for law enforcement ahead of next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
It was around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday when agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were called to the Republican National Committee’s office after a pipe bomb was found outside.
About 30 minutes later, as the agents and bomb technicians were still investigating at the RNC, another call came in