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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 09/29/2011

Capitol Police issue ‘all clear’ following Onion tweets, article

The U.S. Capitol Police issued a statement calling conditions at the Capitol building “normal” Thursday morning in apparent response to a series of tweets and an article from the satirical web site The Onion.

“It has come to our attention that recents twitter feeds are reporting false information concerning current conditions at the U.S. Capitol. Conditions at the U.S. Capitol are currently normal,” read a press release from Sergeant Kimberly Schneider.

“There is no credibility to these stories or the twitter feeds,” Schneider’s release read. “The U.S. Capitol Police are currently investigating the reporting.”

A Twitter search indicates a few tweets from The Onion regarding the Capitol on Thursday morning.

“BREAKING: Witnesses reporting screams and gunfire heard inside Capitol building,” one read.

“BREAKING: Capitol building being evacuated. 12 children held hostage by group of armed congressmen. #CongressHostage,” a second read.

A third tweet included a link to an article titled “Congress Takes Group Of Schoolchildren Hostage.” From the article:

“Brandishing shotguns and semiautomatic pistols, members of the 112th U.S. Congress took a class of visiting schoolchildren hostage this morning, barricading themselves inside the Capitol rotunda, where they remain at press time.”

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By David Marino-Nachison  |  11:26 AM ET, 09/29/2011

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