A fire at a nearby homeless encampment prompted the lockdown.
On Monday, January 18, just days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, the U.S. Capitol building was placed under lockdown. A small fire at a nearby homeless encampment caused the building to enter lockdown.
The fire has since been put out. No injuries were reported.
#DCsBravest responded to an outside fire in the 100 block of H St SE that has been extinguished. There were no injuries. This accounts for smoke that many have seen.— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) January 18, 2021
"All buildings within the Capitol Complex: The USCP has cleared the external security threat incident located under the bridge on I-295 at First and F Streets SE. All checkpoints have reopened. Return to normal operations," the announcement from U.S. Capitol Police says.
A rehearsal for Inauguration Day was taking place when the temporary lockdown was enforced. A plume of smoke from the fire could be seen and raised security concerns.
*This story will be updated as more information is made known.