Washington– A fire under a highway numerous blocks from the Capitol caused a brief lockdown of the complex and the evacuation of a rehearsal of Wednesdays inauguration, a reflection of the increased state of alert in the countrys capital.Capitol Police cautioned those in the Capitol to stay inside due to an “external security hazard,” and turned off access to and from the structure. A wedding rehearsal on the West Front of the Capitol was left, with media members informed to go back to neighboring trailers. Capitol Police stated a fire under a highway numerous blocks south of the Capitol triggered the lockdown.”In an abundance of care following an external security risk under the bridge on I-295 initially and F Streets, SE, Acting Chief Pittman purchased a shutdown of the Capitol Complex. There are currently no fires on or within the Capitol campus,” Capitol Police stated. “Members and personnel were advised to shelter in location while the occurrence is being investigated.”The scare comes as countless troops remain in Washington ahead of the inauguration, obstructing off streets around the Capitol for President-elect Joe Bidens swearing in.
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