Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire in homeless camp

ANDREW TAYLOR, COLLEEN LONG and ERIC TUCKER
Created: January 18, 2021 10:16 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment about a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns.

But law enforcement officials said there was no threat to the public and the fire was not believed to be a threat to the inauguration.

Officials said the evacuation of some participants and the lockdown was ordered by the acting Capitol police chief in an abundance of caution. Biden was not participating in the rehearsal.

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ANDREW TAYLOR, COLLEEN LONG and ERIC TUCKER

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