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Jeo Biden Inauguration Rehearsal Evacuated Due to an External Security Threat [Images]

A rehearsal for the inauguration had to be called off and everyone in attendance evacuated on Monday morning due to an ‘external security threat’ around the same time as smoke was seen rising from a building behind the Capitol.   

Photos and videos from the scene show people running from bleachers that were set up ahead of Wednesday’s event while an evacuation warning played in the background. 

Staffers were also sent text messages telling them to stay away from windows. 

People evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
People evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
People evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
People evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021
Members of the military band evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol due to a security threat
Members of the military band evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol due to a security threat

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