The United States Capitol is closed due to "external security threat"

A thread of smoke in the surroundings of the Capitol, forced its preventive closure. Courtesy photo

The United States Capitol has been closed due to an "external security threat," as reported by the Washington DC Police in the evening hours of this Monday.

“All buildings within the Capitol complex: external security threat, no entry or exit allowed, stay away from exterior windows and doors. If you are outside, seek refuge, "said the police statement, which urged people to stay away from the area.

Some witnesses reported smoke rising from the surroundings of the building.

Dozens of people participating in a rehearsal for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, which will be next Wednesday, were evacuated from the West Wing of the Capitol by order of security officials after a fire broke out in a camp of people without home.

Firefighters in the US capital reported that the smoke that could be seen around the Capitol was caused by a fire in a nearby area, which had nothing to do with the Legislative building and was quickly extinguished.

As a result of the violent riots that outgoing President Donald Trump encouraged against the Capitol headquarters on January 6, security measures have been increased in the area, especially in light of the inauguration of the new President of the United States. United, Joe Biden, in which his predecessor will not participate.