U.S. Capitol locked down for a time on Monday, smoke seen near capitol grounds


People evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol was on lockdown Monday morning just after 9:30 (central time). Video showed smoke rising from near the capitol grounds.

The Associated Press reported participants in a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration were evacuated after a fire in a homeless encampment, officials said. The fire was extinguished and the lockdown was lifted.

During the time in question, reporters at the capitol said an announcement was played on overhead speakers about a potential security threat. Police later provided an update saying there was no threat and the evacuations were a precaution.

This story was updated multiple times as new information became available.

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