House chamber briefly evacuated over suspicious powder
The House chamber and the areas immediately surrounding it were evacuated briefly Monday after a powdery substance was seen on the chamber's floor about noon, but the substance turned out to be harmless, authorities said.
"Nothing hazardous was found," said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police, about 1 p.m.
The restricted area had included the chamber itself, the galleries for reporters and visitors and some adjoining hallways. The Capitol building remains open for business.
The House returns from its August recess Tuesday, and only pages were present in the chamber when the substance was spotted.
-- Ben Pershing
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