The US Capitol in Washington DC has reportedly been locked down, with Capitol Police issuing a warning over an “exterior security threat” and urging people to seek cover. Video footage showed smoke rising from the building.
Rehearsals for Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony were interrupted on Monday by an “exterior security threat,” according to loudspeaker messages heard by witnesses. The nature of the “threat” was not immediately apparent, but the building was reportedly locked down, with entry and exit prohibited.
U.S. Capitol Police have issued a security warning to everyone inside. “All buildings within the Capitol Complex: External security threat, no entry or exit is permitted, stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover.” https://t.co/37AxIjyt4F
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Video footage appeared to show smoke rising from behind the Capitol, before reportedly dissipating several minutes later.
The DC Fire Department stated afterwards that a fire had broken out on a nearby street, but was quickly extinguished. “This accounts for smoke that many have seen,” the department announced.
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