Update (1050ET): Washington D.C. appears a bit jumpy, as the lockdown was apparently over a “small fire involving a tent that is now out,” according to CNN‘s Manu Raju.
Things seem to be OK at the Capitol. DC Fire's Vito Maggiolo says the incident involved a small fire involving tent that is now out. DC fire was dispatched at 10:14 and the fire was put out. He said the response was "very minimal" and it was "pretty much a non-incident."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 18, 2021
“In an abundance of caution following an external security threat under the bridge on I-295 at First and F Streets, SE, Acting Chief Pittman ordered a shutdown of the Capitol Complex,” Capitol Police said in a statement, according to Fox News’ Edward Lawrence. “There are currently no fires on or within the Capitol campus. Members and staff were advised to shelter in place while the incident is being investigated. As more information becomes available, this message will be updated.”
Article originally published at Zero Hedge.
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I am inside the Capitol when US Capitol police announced an “external security threat”. The Capitol is locked down. National Guard told to get up and move. I see a lot of Capitol police running. pic.twitter.com/vpv5N4Qbkf
— Edward Lawrence (@EdwardLawrence) January 18, 2021
The US Capitol has been locked down after an undisclosed “external security threat” was identified “located under the bridge on I-295 and First and F Streets SE,” according to an email sent to people who work on the Hill.
No entry or exit is permitted at this time, however those already within the complex are allowed to “move throughout the buildings,” but are advised to “stay away from exterior windows and doors.”
“If you are outside, seek cover,” reads the email.
Here’s what was just sent via email to people who work on the Hill: building complex on lockdown bc of “external security threat” under a bridge outside the complex pic.twitter.com/Q2aW1oBoTf
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) January 18, 2021
The lockdown comes as DC prepares for Wednesday’s inauguration with approximately 20,000 National Guard troops, while the entire National Mall remains closed to the public and a “secure military zone” has been established throughout the entire downtown area.
Roads, bridges and Metro have all been shut down within that zone, according to WUSA9.
Meanwhile, a huge plume of smoke was seen on the 100 block of H Street Southeast near the Navy Yard. It is unknown if the two incidents are related.
Huge plume of smoke. Lots of sirens. Navy Yard. DC. Looks to be at ORE 82 building. By H st SE. pic.twitter.com/cC23Dd0Rhc
— Amy M. (@AmyAlbanayzay) January 18, 2021
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