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.

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.