Faulty fan, smoke blamed in brief evacuation of US Capitol

Capitol Hill police and visitors stand outside the Capitol Visitors Center and the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, after they were evacuated, closing area streets as alarms sounded in both buildings. A spokeswoman for U.S. Capitol Police said officers were investigating the cause of an audible alarm and had told people to leave the Capitol and the connecting visitors' center. Lawmakers were in recess this week for the weeklong Memorial Day break. (AP Photo/Alan Fram)WASHINGTON (AP) — Police briefly evacuated hundreds of workers and tourists from the U.S. Capitol and its adjacent visitors’ center on Tuesday in a problem officials tentatively blamed on a faulty exhaust fan in a visitor center kitchen.

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