Evacuation and Lockdown Order Raised at Capitol After Homeless Camp Fire Causes Alarm

An evacuation and lockdown order was issued at the Capitol after thick black smoke from a homeless encampment fire on a nearby bridge caused alarm.

An evacuation and lockdown order was issued at the Capitol after thick black smoke from a homeless encampment fire on a nearby bridge caused alarm.

“All buildings within the Capitol Complex: External security threat, no entry or exit is permitted, stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover,” said the message bulletin issued to Capitol staffers.

According to posts on Twitter people on the west front have reportedly left while others outdoors are heading inside.

Footage shared on social media has shown black smoke rising from behind the Capitol.

The Capitol police reported that the alleged threat was located under the bridge on I-295 at First and F Streets SE.

@kouskousVPI posted a photo showing that the smoke came from a makeshift encampment under the bridge.

DC Fire and EMS said that they have already put out the fire and that no one was injured.

Security around the Capitol is still tight after the January 6 insurrection while additional measures have been made for the upcoming inauguration.


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