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The Colorado State Capitol has been evacuated because of a bomb threat, officials said Tuesday afternoon.

Fire trucks and law

enforcement officials are on scene as the building's occupants wait outside for information.

The building is being cleared, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Nate Reid.

Lawmakers were told the building required a full sweep and could take up to an hour.

Because some left their car keys in the building, they were weighing whether to wait or find alternate transportation.

"The people's safety is what's important," Reid said shortly before 5 p.m.

This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

Elizabeth Hernandez: 303-954-1223, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or @ehernandez



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