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Capitol Police: sound of 'gunfire' was actually workers' tools

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CAPITOL HILL - It turns out, it was a false alarm. Police say the person who reported hearing the sound of gunfire in a Capitol Hill office building today had apparently only heard the sound of construction workers using equipment that sounded like a gun.

It was enough to prompt police to lock-down the Rayburn House Office Building for most of the day, keeping lawmakers and their staff members in their offices. Most members, however, had already left town for the Memorial Day holiday.

In late afternoon, police announced that the building had reopened, and that the search was over. They said there had been no injuries and no arrests, and that no evidence of any gunfire had been found. During the search, police lined the street between the Capitol building and the Rayburn building across the street. Ambulances, firetrucks and other emergency vehicles were on the scene.

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