The U.S. Capitol was temporarily shut down and evacuated because of overly cautious security guards who responded to a fire near the building complex. The U.S. Secret Service, which guards the government buildings, announced this on Twitter.
The law enforcement agency said in a statement that the small fire that caused the alarm was extinguished. “No threat to public safety,” the post said.
Shortly after the congressional building was locked down and employees evacuated, the cause of the smoke that caused the alarm was already known. It turned out that a fire had started under an overpass a few blocks from the Capitol, where homeless tents were located.
On January 6, supporters of incumbent Donald Trump, who did not recognize the outcome of the November presidential election, stormed the Capitol. This happened during a rally that escalated into clashes with police. Five people were killed.