September 13th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

'All clear' given after U.S. House gallery evacuated

[Updated at 1:01 p.m.] U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider tells CNN an "all clear" has been given after the discovery of a suspicious powder led to evacuations of parts of the U.S. House Gallery.

[Posted at 12:30 p.m.] Parts of the U.S. House gallery have been evacuated while authorities investigate some powdery substance on the Gallery's floor, U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider tells CNN.

A law enforcement source tells CNN the Capitol Police have evacuated galleries on the third floor, where tourists go to view the House chamber, as well as galleries for the press.

The House is still in recess, as members prepare to return to session tomorrow afternoon.

- CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.

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  1. Brad - Ohio

    Based on the posts here, it's amazing there was any powder left on the House floor.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikevaughang

      See, There's a clever way to poke fun at the original posters. Far superior to JR.

      September 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WeAllKnowWho

    Who is most angry at the House these days? Who holds protests with signs saying "hang 'em high" referring to House members? Who just had a rally in DC yesterday???

    September 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikevaughang

      Who? I could Google, I guess...

      September 13, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikevaughang

      Ahhh. The Tea Party.

      September 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. noneya

    Seriously do you think we keep falling for these games?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. workingstill

    Lol @ JR. You sir or madame, should stop stalking me, as what goes on in my basement with a perfectly consenting llama is between us. And for the rest of your wildly assumptive rhetoric, they said the powder was in the gallery. You also missed the point, in your zeal to establish your pious empathy, that no one was hurt, and everyone evacuated safely. This means no one was hurt, and the threat will be assessed before they return to work in the morning. If it was serious, they would have probably told congress to stay home, and closed the building for a week while they lifted fingerprints from every urinal, glass, banister, and chandelier in the place.

    You are clearly superior with your deductive reasoning, that it is a terrorist plot to kill everyone, not something more mundane and reasonable, like cocaine, or sugar. It IS congress after all.

    I do understand how being uncertain about something is scary, but we don't have to assume the worst, just because it is possible and we are too childish to use logical reason. Those mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, which may all be the same in your case, are fine, and until proven otherwise, this was a simple matter of misunderstanding. Get over yourself. Like the media ever sensationalized something. How likely is that?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tom


    September 14, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
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