The State House was evacuated for about 15 minutes Wednesday after a fire alarm sounded.
Initial reports was that something wrong with an air handler led to the alarm but did not cause any other problems, authorities said.
House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston, stood on the atop the stairs of the north side of State House with dozens of staffers and lobbyists on a chilly afternoon.
But many House and Senate members did not leave, and the Senate resumed its session as soon as people were allowed back inside the historic building.
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Gov. Nikki Haley had a little fun with the alarm.
Fire alarm just went off in the Statehouse. I wonder if it was a Senator who pulled it to avoid debate on Obamacare? #wouldntbesurprised— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) March 5, 2014