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Thousands evacuate British Museum, spokeswoman says

By the CNN Wire Staff
The British Museum in London, England, was evacuated on Saturday, a spokeswoman said.
The British Museum in London, England, was evacuated on Saturday, a spokeswoman said.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The museum is declared safe after the evacuation
  • Ten people had complained of eye and throat irritation
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London, England (CNN) -- About 8,000 people evacuated the British Museum Saturday after authorities received complaints from about 10 people of eye and throat irritation, a spokeswoman for the museum said.

Police and fire officials searched the facility and didn't find anything that could have prompted the complaints, declaring the museum safe, the spokeswoman said.

The incident happened at about 12:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. ET). The museum will reopen at its normal hours Sunday, the spokeswoman said.

 
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