Police evacuate US Capitol, Visitors’ Center

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, the Capitol is seen at dusk in Washington. Americans may not agree on much lately, but one opinion is nearly universal: There’s almost no chance that President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress can work together to solve the country’s problems. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds just 13 percent of Americans are confident the leaders on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue can work together, while 86 percent have no such faith. That’s far more than the 58 percent who felt that way just after the 2010 midterm elections in which the tea party movement rose to prominence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2014 file photo, the Capitol is seen at dusk in Washington. Americans may not agree on much lately, but one opinion is nearly universal: There’s almost no chance that President Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress can work together to solve the country’s problems. A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds just 13 percent of Americans are confident the leaders on either end of Pennsylvania Avenue can work together, while 86 percent have no such faith. That’s far more than the 58 percent who felt that way just after the 2010 midterm elections in which the tea party movement rose to prominence. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police have evacuated the U.S. Capitol and the visitors’ center.

Capitol police provided no explanation for the move, simply saying it was an emergency. In a message to congressional offices, police said, “an evacuation has been ordered for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center due to an audible alarm. Remain calm and move in a safe manner to the exits.”

Hundreds of tourists were forced out of the building onto the East Lawn between the Capitol and the Library of Congress.

Fink Arthur, a 28-year-old tourist from Freiborg, Germany, said he was with a tour guide and initially was told it was probably just a test but then the guide led them out of the building.

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