- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A fire alarm caused legislators and others to briefly leave the South Carolina Statehouse, but authorities say it was a false alarm and there never was any emergency.

The alarm interrupted the legislative session for about 20 minutes around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Some legislators remained in their seats, while others joined the lobbyists, reporters and visitors who filed outside in the 39-degree weather. A fire truck could be heard in the distance as the doors reopened.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety say the false alarm came from the attic of the Statehouse. They say firefighters checked the area to make sure there wasn’t a fire.

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