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House of Representatives closed in construction-related incident

By Paul Courson and Deirdre Walsh, CNN
updated 8:55 AM EDT, Thu July 10, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The incident is confined and not suspicious, a police spokeswoman says
  • She says a piece of ceiling fell around 3 a.m., exposing a chemical in a work area
  • Hazardous materials crews are on the scene
  • Architect of the Capitol: There was a "potential release" during "asbestos abatement work"

Washington (CNN) -- The House of Representatives side of the U.S. Capitol is closed Thursday because of a construction-related incident, officials said.

Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said the incident is confined and not suspicious. A piece of ceiling fell down around 3 a.m., exposing a chemical substance in a work area.

Schneider did not know if the ceiling fell on a container, or whether the substance is liquid. Hazardous materials crews were on the scene.

Laura Condeluci, spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol, said there was a "potential release" during "asbestos abatement work" on the House of Representatives side.

"Samples have been collected to determine whether there was potential exposure," Condeluci said.

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