Airspace violation forces White House and Capitol lockdown

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (August 2019)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly evacuated amid concerns about a small aircraft in the area. Officials say 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 says personnel at the White House were told to remain in place.

Fighter jets were mobilized.

The North Lawn of the White House was cleared, and pedestrian traffic in the area was restricted.

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.

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