Police cordoned off the area, evacuated a nearby supermarket, and ordered everyone to clear the streets. Fire and emergency vehicles were summoned.
Reports say police sent a bomb-disposal robot to detonate a red van and a gray two-door sports-utility crossover car in what it called a “controlled explosion.”
The police say the incident was not “terrorism-related,” and that everything is under control and back to normal.
The U.S. diplomatic corps has not yet taken up residence in its new building. The building stood empty.