BREAKING: US Capitol Evacuated – Audible Alarm Set Off

The US Capitol was evacuated today after an alarm set off.

ABC News reported:

The U.S. Capitol Building, including the Capitol Visitor Center, was evacuated this afternoon because of an audible alarm, a spokeswoman for Capitol Hill Police said.

U.S. Capitol Police & D.C. Fire were investigating what caused the audible alarm, Lt. Kimberly Schneider said.

Schneider said there were no signs of smoke or fire.

The following message went out to House staff:

The U.S. Capitol Police are continuing to investigate the evacuation of the U.S. Capitol and Visitor Center.

The following road closures are in effect: First Street between Independence Avenue, SE and Constitution Avenue, NE; East Capitol Street between First Street and Second Street.

UPDATE: A faulty fan was blamed for the evacuation.

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