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Published: Wednesday, 2/8/2006

Senators among 200 evacuated in hazardous-material scare


WASHINGTON Eight senators were among 200 people who were held in a Capitol parking garage tonight after a security sensor indicated the presence of a nerve agent in their office building. Later tests proved negative.

Test results have been cleared and all test results are negative, so that s very good news, said Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

The all-clear came three hours after an air-monitoring sensor indicated a suspicious substance in the attic of the Russell Senate Office Building. It initially tested positive as a nerve agent.

Lawmakers, aides and other personnel were evacuated to the nearby West Legislative Garage shortly after 6:45 p.m. EST as police conducted several other tests before concluding that it was a false alarm.

We had this warning system work, said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of those in the garage. People in the building followed the directions promptly. There was no panic, no running, no upset or anything like that.

Read more in later editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com.

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