Lawmakers at the Wisconsin State Capitol were forced out of the building four hours into their biennial budget bill debate after authorities received a credible bomb threat. The evacuation took place shortly before 4PM on Wednesday.
Service dogs were brought in and the assembly was asked to exit the building and move across the street from the Capitol. The Capitol Square was also vacated.
According to the Department of Administration, the building was searched and cleared of any threat. This announcement was made at approximately 5:30 PM local time. No further details were offered as authorities are still investigating the matter. After being evacuated, leaders from both parties decided to continue their discussions in an establishment across the street from the Capitol.
“We were in the process of debating the budget when the presiding officer pro tem halted the proceedings and put us in touch with the Capitol Police,” they said.
Authorities had to tale this “credible bomb threat” into consideration especially since not only the Capitol itself but also the Capitols square were filled with hundreds of people who had gathered to attend an outdoor concert. According to police statements, the concerts will proceed as planned.
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