Washington: People were removed from the West Front of the Capitol Building on Monday at the behest of security officials in rehearsal for the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected President Joe Biden in the US. Officials said that these people were evacuated from there after a fire at some distance from there.
According to officials, an army band was among the people gathered there. Officials said that these people were asked to go inside and go to a safe place in the Capitol premises. According to those involved in the rehearsal, security officials said that “this is not a drill”.
Public safety and law enforcement responded to a small fire in the area of 1st and F streets SE, Washington, DC that has been extinguished. Out of an abundance of caution the US Capitol complex was temporary shutdown. There is no threat to the public. pic.twitter.com/kQfAI4NxNK
– US Secret Service (@SecretService) January 18, 2021
Four law enforcement officials said that a few blocks away there was a fire and the rehearsal site was evacuated as a precaution. The capital complex and surrounding areas have been closed after clashes between protesters and police on January 6.
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