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US Capitol Under Temporary Shut Down Over Fire Days Ahead of Joe Biden’s Inauguration Event

For Representation. Members of the National Guard collect outdoors the US Capitol on Wednesday forward of the transfer to question Donald Trump. (AFP)

The U.S. Capitol Police stated in an announcement that members and employees had been suggested to shelter in place whereas the incident was being investigated.

  • Reuters WASHINGTON
  • Last Updated: January 18, 2021, 22:08 IST
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The U.S. Capitol was shut down briefly on Monday out of an abundance of warning after a hearth broke out close to the complicated, the Capitol Police stated, underscoring safety jitters days earlier than President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

“There is no threat to the public,” the U.S. Secret Service stated in a tweet.

The U.S. Capitol Police stated in an announcement that members and employees had been suggested to shelter in place whereas the incident was being investigated.

The follows the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol in Washington by Trump supporters, a few of whom referred to as for the dying of Vice President Mike Pence as he presided over the certification of Biden’s November election victory.

All contributors within the rehearsal for Biden’s inauguration, had been evacuated into the constructing, and contributors had been being held within the Capitol rotunda and different indoor areas, in keeping with a Reuters witness. Biden can be sworn in on Wednesday.

The metropolis’s hearth division stated on Twitter that firefighters put out an outdoor hearth close to the Capitol complicated.

“There were no injuries,” the division stated. “This accounts for smoke that many have seen.”

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