An umbrella may have caused Montpelier Capitol Complex lockdown

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A suspicious report that prompted a lockdown of several state office buildings in Montpelier last month, was most likely someone with an umbrella.

The investigation into the August 30 incident is complete.  The Agency of Administration released its findings Friday.

The initial report came from two people who thought they saw someone enter 133 State Street with a long gun.  After a thorough search of the buildings, no gun was found.

Administration Secretary Susanne Young said witnesses did see someone enter the building with a long black umbrella with a wooden handle; Montpelier Police think that may have caused the concern.

“While the conclusion of the investigation yielded no real threat, it is important to underscore that if you ‘see something, say something’ and that we will always take credible reports such as this one seriously. The incident serves as an important test of our building response plans and employee preparedness and an opportunity to examine and improve them as we move forward,” Young wrote in a news release.

Roads were closed and the Capitol Complex was on lockdown for several hours, as authorities conducted a thorough search two weeks ago.

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