US Capitol Placed On Lockdown Over Suspected Tent Fire Under Bridge

US Capitol Placed On Lockdown Over Suspected Tent Fire Under Bridge

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.

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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.

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.

Developing…

Tyler Durden
Mon, 01/18/2021 – 10:38

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