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U.S. Capitol briefly evacuated, White House locked down after plane violated airspace rules

The White House in Washington DC - official residence of the President of the United States of America.

WASHINGTON — 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.

Capitol Police sent a notification of a potential threat shortly after 8:30 a.m. ET, and the evacuations were ordered. People were allowed back in after about 30 minutes.

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