House of Representatives Closed After Ceiling Falls

By CNN News Wire

Published 07/10 2014 09:14AM

Updated 07/10 2014 09:15AM

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.

(Paul Courson and Deirdre Walsh, CNN)

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