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Government Buildings Evacuated in Washington

A small plane reportedly strays into unauthorized airspace.
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The White House and U.S. Capitol were evacuated at midday Wednesday, as officials took precautions when a small plane strayed into restricted airspace.

The government buildings in downtown Washington were evacuated around noon when the Federal Aviation Administration detected the plane, reportedly a Cessna, on an unauthorized route. Military fighter jets were scrambled into action.

According to


the Secret Service announced an "all-clear" around 12:10 p.m. EDT. People have since returned to the affected buildings, which also included the Treasury and Supreme Court.

President Bush wasn't at the White House at the time.

Stocks hiccupped lower when images of the evacuation were televised. The major indices recovered when the all-clear was announced, and the


was recently off about 50 points to 10,227.