Bomb Threat Clears White House Press Room
Evacuation lasted about a half-hour
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2015 2:14 PM CDT
Members of the media enter the White House briefing r after the evacuation.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – A strange and scary moment for members of the White House press corps today: Secret Service hustled everybody out of Josh Earnest's live daily briefing this afternoon after someone phoned in a bomb threat, reports CNN. Reporters were allowed back in after the all-clear came about 30 minutes later. The threat was specific to the briefing room, and no other parts of the White House were evacuated, reports the AP. Hours earlier, a threat to the US Capitol Police forced the temporary evacuation of the Dirksen Senate office building. That threat interrupted a hearing about the TSA's not-so-tight vetting process for airline employees.