100 people evacuated from Matthew Perry U.S. federal courthouse
11/20/2013 1:10 PM
11/20/2013 1:21 PM
About 100 people were evacuated shortly after noon Wednesday from the Matthew Perry US federal courthouse in downtown Columbia after a fire alarm sounded throughout the three-story building.
However, Columbia firefighters arriving on the scene issued an "all clear" shortly before 1 pm and the public and court personnel were allowed back in.
A city fire department spokesman said the alarm was "activated by cooking" - likely meaning someone overheated their lunch in an eating area microwave.
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