Michigan Capitol Building reopens after threat

Nature of threat unknown

Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Capitol Building was closed Thursday morning due to an unspecified threat.

Officials told Local 4 that the Capitol was closed “until further notice” as the threat is investigated. At about 9:15 a.m., Capitol officials said the building has reopened to employees.

Michigan State Police brought in the bomb squad and K-9 unit to inspect the building and the all-clear was given. The threat was called in around 6:45 a.m.

The threat comes one day after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn an election lost by President Trump.

The rampage began shortly after President Donald Trump repeated his unfounded claims of election fraud to thousands of rallying demonstrators he’d invited to Washington. Many then surged to the Capitol after he incited them to go there as lawmakers debated the electoral votes.

More than six hours after the violence erupted, lawmakers resumed their session.

About 300 Trump supporters gathered in Lansing on Wednesday, but the Michigan Legislature is not in session.

Related: Michigan lawmakers call on Pence to invoke 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office

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