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Halloween Toy Gun Throws Scare Into Capitol

Staffers carrying Halloween costumes and a toy gun triggered a major security alert at the U.S. Capitol that prompted police to lock down an office building and search it room by room, police said on Thursday. The Cannon office building was shut down after two people passed through a security checkpoint with what appeared to be a revolver in a knapsack. Police said it was, in fact, a fake gun that was part of a Halloween costume. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said two female congressional staff members carried Halloween costumes that included a plastic weapon into the building. “It was just an unusual set of Halloween circumstances,” he said. “I don’t think they had any ill intent. They’re very sorry this all happened.” He declined to name the staffers or the member of Congress they work for, but said that when they realized police were looking for them, their boss called to explain what happened. “I don’t think anybody was trying to trick anybody,” Gainer said. Full Story

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