Airspace violation causes brief evacuation at Capitol, temporary lockdown at White House
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly evacuated amid concerns about a small aircraft in the area.
Officials said the plane violated airspace rules in the restricted area on Tuesday.
The evacuations were ordered as a precaution and lasted about half an hour.
The U.S. Secret Service said personnel at the White House were told to remain in place.
Capitol Police sent a notification of a potential threat shortly after 8:30 a.m., and the evacuations were ordered. People were allowed back in after about 30 minutes.