WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJZ) — The U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown Monday morning just as inauguration rehearsals were about to begin. But officials later said a fire several blocks away put law enforcement on high alert.
The U.S. Secret Service tweeted that a small fire in the area of First and F streets SE was extinguished and the U.S. Capitol was shutdown out of an abundance of caution.READ MORE: Man Shot, Critically Wounded In East Baltimore Saturday, Baltimore Police Say
“There is no threat to the public,” Secret Service said.
Public safety and law enforcement responded to a small fire in the area of 1st and F streets SE, Washington, D.C. that has been extinguished. Out of an abundance of caution the U.S. Capitol complex was temporarily shutdown. There is no threat to the public. pic.twitter.com/kQfAI4NxNK
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) January 18, 2021
The security scare came as a dress rehearsal for Joe Biden’s inauguration was about to begin.
Capitol on lockdown due to exterior security threat, per intercom announcement just now
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) January 18, 2021
“External security threat, no entry or exit is permitted, stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover,” the alert said.READ MORE: Fort McHenry Celebrates New Citizens, Defenders Day Saturday
People at the dress rehearsal were rushed back inside the Capitol after the perceived threat was reported.
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DC Fire and EMS said they responded to the fire outside in the 100 block of H Street southeast.
No injuries were reported. This was what caused the smoke that could be seen over the Capitol.
#DCsBravest responded to an outside fire in the 100 block of H St SE that has been extinguished. There were no injuries. This accounts for smoke that many have seen.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) January 18, 2021
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