Participants in Joe Biden's inauguration rehearsal evacuated from Capitol after fire in homeless encampment

Four law enforcement officials told The Associated Press there had been a blaze several blocks over and the rehearsal was evacuated in an abundance of caution

The Associated Press January 18, 2021 22:01:59 IST
Participants in Joe Biden's inauguration rehearsal evacuated from Capitol after fire in homeless encampment

The Capitol. Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

Washington: Participants in a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration were evacuated from the West Front of the Capitol on Monday on orders of security officials after a fire in a homeless encampment, officials said.

Those who had gathered for a walk-through, including a military band, were directed to head indoors and moved in the directed of a secure location inside the Capitol complex.

People involved in the rehearsal said security officials yelled "this is not a drill."

Four law enforcement officials told The Associated Press there had been a blaze several blocks over and the rehearsal was evacuated in an abundance of caution.

The Capitol complex and surrounding areas have been locked down after a riot there 6 January.

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