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Air & Space Museum reopens after evacuation

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WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has reopened after a suspicious briefcase found near an unconscious person in one of the galleries caused the building to evacuate Wednesday.

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District of Columbia police spokesman Officer Araz Alali says the bomb squad investigated and cleared the suspicious briefcase. He says it was found near a person who was unconscious. The person is receiving medical treatment.

Smithsonian spokeswoman Becky Haberacker says all visitors and staff were evacuated onto the National Mall about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. She says streets on both sides of the museum were closed.

The museum reopened about three hours later.

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