WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials have closed the House side of the U.S. Capitol because of an industrial spill.
Capitol Police said a hazardous material response team was on site Thursday following an incident that began sometime around 2:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Capitol Police say the House Door and South Door are temporarily closed, but the south barricade is open. Tours of the Capitol building are temporarily suspended, but tours of the visitor center are not affected.
The Architect of the Capitol released a statement indicating that the incident involves possible asbestos exposure.
"During ongoing asbestos abatement work there was a potential release affecting the House side of the Capitol," the statement read. "Samples have been collected to determine whether there was potential exposure. AOC and USCP are investigating and will provide updates when available."