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The U.S. Capitol Was Just Evacuated, No Reasons Given

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Multiple mainstream media outlets are reporting breaking news that the U.S. Capitol was evacuated a little bit ago to the sound of sirens and air horns.

Via Washington Times:

Police are evacuating the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, though no reason was given.

“Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate the U.S. Capitol building,” a loudspeaker blared.

Streams of staffers and workmen exited, directed to the grass near the building, directed by police who showed urgency but no sense of immediate danger.

The Capitol was fairly empty, with both chambers on a weeklong Memorial Day vacation.

Initially staff were told that only the visitor center, the sprawling underground complex added to the Capitol a decade ago, was being evacuated. But the order was quickly expanded to include the whole building.

No word yet on why, but it apparently wasn’t a drill. Either way, surely they’ll find a way to blame this on ISIS shortly.

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/breaking-the-u-s-capitol-was-just-evacuated-no-reasons-given_052015

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Police briefly evacuated hundreds of workers and tourists from the U.S. Capitol and its adjacent visitors' center on Tuesday in a problem officials tentatively blamed on a faulty exhaust fan in a visitor center kitchen.

"There are no signs of smoke or fire," said Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police. Within an hour after alarms had sounded, employees returned to the building and tourists were readmitted shortly after that.

In an email to congressional workers from Capitol Police, officials said two alarms were triggered in the visitor center, which they said was apparently caused by "a known problem with environmental controls with the kitchen exhaust fan." It provided no additional detail.

Lawmakers are in recess this week for the weeklong Memorial Day break.

The evacuation occurred two days after a bomb squad destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended, "suspicious" vehicle on the National Mall near the Capitol and the vehicle's owner was arrested. Almost six weeks earlier, a Florida man was arrested after he flew his gyrocopter through restricted air space and onto the Capitol grounds.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/f41b41d3f21440f0b50721066c8270c4/police-evacuate-us-capitol-visitors-center

 

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