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Illinois Capitol reopens after hazmat situation prompts lockdown

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Hazmat crews inside the Illinois Capitol in Springfield, Illinois Thursday (Ray Preston, KMOV) Hazmat crews inside the Illinois Capitol in Springfield, Illinois Thursday (Ray Preston, KMOV)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP / KMOV.com) -- The Illinois Capitol reopened after a hazmat situation at the Illinois Capitol building led to a lockdown.

According to the Illinois Secretary of State's Office, no hazardous material was found. An police investigation into the matter is ongoing.

No one was allowed inside or outside of the Capitol building in Springfield. Officials said white powder was thrown on the door of Governor Rauner's office. Powder was also thrown on the door of the Lieutenant Governor's office. A shelter in place order was issued.

A News 4 crew saw police escorting a woman from the building in handcuffs. It is not known if that was a result of the hazmat situation or unrelated altogether. Tensions were high at the Capitol due to the nature of the vote.Springfield Fire Chief Barry Helmerichs told Gatehouse Media on Thursday that the building is on lockdown after a woman allegedly threw a powdery substance in the governor's office.

The building wasn't evacuated, but those who weren't inside the building were being kept outside.

Emergency vehicles arrived at the scene.

An announcement was made inside the House chambers where lawmakers and reporters are gathered to instruct people not to enter or exit the building.

Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office, which oversees Capitol security, said one person was taken into custody Thursday. He did not have further details.

This is a developing story and more information will be posted shortly.

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